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Pulteney Review Week 10 Term 3 2019

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: [Accessed 23 Sep. 2019].

Student Success

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.

Staff News

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.


Anne Dunstan


Growth Mindset

Although not new to the scene, a very important concept in the educational world is the idea of a “Growth Mindset” and how it impacts on a child’s well-being.

What is a growth mindset?

The concept was developed by professor Carol Dweck form the Stanford University. Professor Dweck and her colleagues completed a series of studies that indicated that children who persisted through challenges believed that they could improve their abilities. However, children who tried to avoid challenges, believed their abilities were fixed and could not be changed. A short definition of a growth mindset would be: “Growth mindset is a concept that refers to how we face challenges and setbacks”.

For example:

If a child struggles with Math and receive low grades, they might hold the belief that they are just “bad at Math” and that no matter what they do or how hard they try, nothing will change and improve their grades. This is an example of a child who is projecting a fixed mindset and they will most likely stop trying to improve.

However, if the child’s attitude is that they will keep trying different approaches and keep learning from their mistakes to improve their grades, they are showing a growth mindset. This implies that the child is able to learn from experience and that they are able to use and create strategies for improvement. They hold the belief that they can still succeed at something, even if they fail periodically on their way to mastery. A growth mindset is more than just receiving feedback and being open-minded.

According to professor Dweck, one of the misconceptions about growth mindset and how a child approaches challenges is that it is set in stone – Either you have it or you don’t. The truth of the matter is that we all have a mix of fixed and growth mindsets that change based on two very important aspects: One’s experiences and the feedback received from others.

How can parents help their child to develop a growth mindset?

✖: Parents can sometimes unintentionally and unknowingly promote a fixed mindset in a child by praising the child’s abilities or talents or things that they are good at. By doing this, parents are sending the message that these talents are just something the child “has”. For example, if an parent was to say “You are really good at Math”.

✖: Also, parents may address a child’s efforts (instead of their abilities) with words such as, “You have worked really hard”, and therefore positively contribute to the child’s self-esteem. However, these types of phrases do not focus on strategies for improvement.

✔: The most important approach is to praise the process - the way that the child has approached a challenge and the steps they took to get the end result and the strategies that they have used. For example, one might praise a child for the way they solved a math problem, rather than focusing on how well they did.

Professor Dweck refers to this approach as “process praise”. It is considered as the most helpful kind of praise for promoting a growth mindset in a child. By focusing on the process, it can highlight strategies such as asking for help and trying out a different approach to the problem.  

For, example, one might say to a child:

“I am really impressed at how hard you worked to complete this history project. I know it was challenging at the start, but it was definitely helpful to ask the teacher for help in working out how to break down the task. It seems like working in a team helped to hold you accountable for getting your work done. Your grade reflects the effort you have put in”.

Developing a growth mindset is not a stagnant process, but it is ongoing. Although it takes a change in thinking and attitude towards feedback, learning from mistakes and finding innovative ways to approach tasks, it is a valuable way to help a child to grow and develop their skills.


Morin, A. (n.d.). Growth Mindset: What you need to know. Understood. Retrieved September 2019 from:

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The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Please join us at The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day.

Perfect for an end of year gathering with colleagues or friends.

Friday November 22 | Mt Osmond Golf Club
11.30am registration - 12.30pm tee off
Mount Osmond Golf Club
Fee is $125 and includes
Green fees 18 holes
Light Lunch before tee off
Post Round Dinner & Presentation
Drinks delivered on Course
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We hope to see you there.

From the Chaplain
Pulteney Christmas Dates for your Diary

This year we are breaking with tradition and have moved our Pulteney Carols so it can be held in the school term. Please join us at St Peter's Cathedral on Monday 2 December at 7.00 pm. This service will be a wonderful opportunity for families to enter into the joy and spirit of Christmas.

Pulteney also holds a Family Christmas Service on Christmas Eve, and I'm looking forward to leading this service for Pulteney families and friends. The service will be children friendly. It will be another opportunity to sing our favourite Christmas carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a fun and engaging way. Please join us in the Pulteney Chapel on Christmas Eve at 6 pm. Celebratory refreshments will be served after the service.

Christmas Hampers for Mary Magdalene's 

We would appreciate your support with our Christmas fundraising in Term 4.

This year Kurrajong families will be asked to donate items for class Christmas hampers. Anglicare is hoping that our schools and churches will be able to provide 500 hampers for the homeless and families on the poverty line. Last year they provided over 1200 hampers so if we could assist them in a small way it would be fantastic.

There are four types of hampers; General, Halal, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free. Each class will be asked to complete one type of hamper. A list will be provided to your class teachers in Week 1 of Term 4.

A Christmas Giving Tree will also be set up in Kurrajong for Pulteney families who would like to buy a Christmas present for a child whose family can’t afford to buy gifts. Please take a tag from the giving tree, purchase your gift and then place your gift with the tag under the tree. It does not need to be wrapped.

The Prep School will support the Christmas Hamper Drive by using the funds that will be raised at the Upcycled Christmas Nature Market in week 8. Class reps will be given gift vouchers and will purchase these hampers items and gifts for children before week 8. We have allocated $2000 for this fundraising event, and if the Nature Market raises more than this, the extra funds will be donated to Mary Magdalene's.   

Middle and Senior School families will be asked to donate extra treat items. Those receiving hampers can then choose their favourite treats to add to their hamper.

The list of treats are:

Christmas puddings
Long-life cream
Jelly crystals
Baby food
Lollies [including Christmas lollies]
Packets of chips – crisps – pretzels
Backing mix's [cupcakes, cakes, slices]
Savoury biscuits
Chocolate [boxes of chocolate & chocolate stockings]
Cookies [sweet biscuits, shortbread, biscuits in a tin]
Sauces – BBQ, tomato, mayonnaise
Zooper Doopers
Mince pies
Creamed rice
Dried fruit/nuts
Wrapping paper/gift cards

All these items can be brought to the Chapel foyer during Term 4.

During the Christmas season, Mary Magdalene's is also wanting volunteers to check and pack hampers. If you would like to assist with this request, please contact me.


Tracey Gracey


Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!



Saturday 5 October

Hallowed Ground - Women Doctors in War

Thursday 24 October

Colour Run

Friday 25 October


Sunday 27 October

P&F Working Bee


Monday 11 November

Remembrance Day

Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Wednesday 27 November

Pulteney Celebrates


Monday 2 December 7.00pm

Pulteney Carol Service