From the Principal
Global Outreach, Inner Calm
"I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion". Kurt Hahn
Kurt Hahn was a German educator and a key figure in the development of experiential education. His philosophies have had far-reaching international impact that have influenced organisations such as Round Square, Outward Bound and The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Hahn believed that students could only really understand life by experiencing it in many exciting and challenging ways. By testing themselves, students would be able to develop their courage, generosity, imagination, principles and resolution. Ultimately, they would develop the skills and abilities to become the guardians and leaders of the future. (Round Square, 2019).
It is surprising how often, as Principal, I can comment on the whereabouts of our Pulteney Grammar students around the globe. In this last fortnight alone, we have had students in Alice Springs, Albury, Munich and en route to Borneo. The Venture Club have completed the Pulteney Challenge in Kuitpo Forest and there will be surfing on the South Coast later in the year. Our Year 6 students returned from their inspirational Canberra trip earlier in the term and our Year 8 students will soon complete their camp in the Grampians.
The Year 9 students have completed an outstanding body of work through their City Week projects; the independent and collaborative work required for this project is significant. Utilising the resources of the City of Adelaide, students have developed their skills in team building, problem solving, conflict resolution, creative presentation and time management. Their project outcomes truly reflect their dedication and passion.
Hahn states: “There exists within everyone a grand passion, an outlandish thirst for adventure, a desire to live boldly and vividly through the journey of life.” I would add that there also exists within us a need for calm and mindfulness. A balanced life is one that enables that bold striving described by Hahn to be balanced with a contemplative spirit and a quiet purpose.
In the upcoming term break, I know our Year 12 students will need this balance. As they complete their academic studies and prepare for Valedictory events next term, I thank them for their exceptional contributions to our School and encourage them to seek out those moments of peace, perspective and inspiration.
Reference: Round Square. (2019). RS History and Heritage | Round Square. [online] Available at: https://www.roundsquare.org/being-round-square/who/our-history-and-kurt-hahn/ [Accessed 23 Sep. 2019].
We congratulate Jake Reedman (Year 12) who has won Debater of the Year in the Debating SA Senior Division. Jake was selected for this wonderful acknowledgement from a field of 108 students. We also thank Ms Kylie Ryan for her coaching and guidance of Jake throughout the season.
It was a pleasure to witness the many talents of our Prep students and staff on the stage of the Adelaide Town Hall for the annual Preptacular. It was a stunning show and a wonderful testament to the many hours of rehearsal and the collective expertise and enthusiasm of all involved.
Brenton Oates, Prep School Teacher, has informed me of his plans to retire from his role as permanent classroom teacher at the end of the 2019 academic year. Brenton has made such a positive contribution to Pulteney over 14 years; we thank him for his passion and dedication and are grateful that he will continue as a member of our School community as parent, fabulous chorister and relief teacher.
Judith Prance, Kurrajong and Prep Teacher, has informed me of her resignation from Pulteney, taking effect at the end of the year. After 13 ½ years of service to the School, Jude is going on to explore a range of opportunities including governance work and more time with her beautiful family. We thank Jude for the professionalism and care she has shown her students, families and colleagues and wish her every happiness in her future endeavours.
At the conclusion of this term, we will farewell Mamta Losasso, Executive Assistant to the Business Director. Mamta has provided timely, professional support to so many in the School, including the School Executive, the sub-schools and the Board of Governors. We thank Mamta for her outstanding work since joining us in May 2015 and wish her every happiness for the future.
We welcome Therese Egar, Payroll Officer to Pulteney. Therese brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of finance roles across the public, not for profit and education sectors. Her most recent role was payroll and reporting officer at St Francis Xavier Regional Catholic College.
We extend our congratulations to Alice Flynn, Director - Out of School Hours Care, and her partner Luke on the news they are expecting their second child early next year. We wish Alice, Luke and young Oliver all the best for this precious addition to their family!
We congratulate Minmin Huang, Teacher of Chinese, on her upcoming wedding to Bob Long this weekend. We wish Minmin and Bob every happiness for many years to come!
We also congratulate Jonathon Rice, Learning Area Leader – Performing Arts and Head of Performance and Instrumental Music, on becoming a grandfather for the third time. He is a very proud “Pa” to Sebastian.