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Pulteney Review Week 2 Term 1

From the Principal
Welcome to 2019

“Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.” David Brooks

It has been a pleasure to welcome our students, families and staff back for the 2019 academic year.  My focus in my welcome to staff in the week prior to term beginning, and again with the students on their first day, was on optimism – how do we each take responsibility for cultivating it, in ourselves and in others?

This year is a very special one for our school.  We are celebrating 20 years of co-education in the modern era.  While we know in 1847 the Pulteney Street School was first opened to include boys and girls – which was forward thinking back then – it became a school for boys in 1885. 

In 1999, Pulteney embarked on what was a very carefully planned and phased transformation back to co-education.  I believe that those who made this decision did so because they were driven by compelling educational reasons, including a desire for our school to be of relevance in a contemporary and diverse society and to provide increased choice in Adelaide’s independent school landscape.  It would be naïve to think survival was not also a consideration.  Whatever the reason, Pulteney is now an optimistic school community where girls and boys can learn, grow and develop their strengths alongside one another. 

Throughout this year there will be key events celebrating everything that we value about having boys and girls, young women and men, learning together.  I encourage you all to be involved.

New Students and Staff

We have 143 new students commencing at Pulteney Grammar School across Kurrajong, Prep, Middle School and one ninety.  While transition to a new school can create some feelings of worry and nerves, these are perfectly natural.  Our wellbeing support structures, warm community and caring and professional staff are here to help, and, while we will be proactive in checking in on our new students, I encourage those new students and parents to reach out if any assistance is required.

We welcome the following new staff:

Todd Andrews             Sports Coordinator

Will Beedham              Director of Rowing

Karen Bruce                Science Laboratory Technician

Michelle Coop             Learning Area Leader Mathematics

Elisabeth Fiddler         Kurrajong Teacher Year 2

Emma Gaudry             Physical Education Teacher (MS, one ninety)

Rev Tracey Gracey     Chaplain

Samantha Haby          Biology and Science Teacher (MS, one ninety)

Matthew King              Prep Teacher Year 5

Fang Liu                      Mandarin Chinese and EALD Teacher

Jamie Pantsaras         English, Humanities, Research Project Teacher (MS, one ninety)

Belinda Richards        Human Resources

Rachael Torbet           Prep Teacher Year 6

Sally Sanders              Art and Design Teacher (MS, one ninety)

Narelle Steffan            Music Teacher (Kurrajong, Prep, MS)

Following the move of Virginia Evans to the Enrolments Assistant role, Natalie Natsias is Acting Head of Kurrajong with Kate White as Acting Assistant Head of Kurrajong.  Terry Ann Newman will be teaching Year 1 for Term 1.  The recruitment process for Head of Kurrajong is in progress.

We also welcome back from leave:

Vanessa Couche        Learning Support Centre

Alice Flynn                  Director of OSHC

Ken Grady                   English and Drama

Georgina Martin          Learning Support

Sharon Pearce            Learning Area Leader Science

Jude Prance                Prep School

Sarah Nicholas           Early Learning Centre

Anna Williamson         Mathematics

Our school campus has undergone some significant improvements throughout the term break, and I extend my sincere thanks to all staff who planned and worked so industriously to ensure Pulteney’s grounds and facilities were ready for students’ return. 

Optimism is a form of positive thinking that includes the belief that each of us is responsible for our own happiness, and that more good things than bad will continue to happen to us.  Helen Keller famously stated: “No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.”

I wish all members of our School community, irrespective of age or experience, great learning adventures in the weeks and months ahead, and I look forward to witnessing your individual and collective optimism throughout this year. 

Anne Dunstan


Student Wellbeing

Welcome to our Pulteney community for 2019. A very special welcome to those students and families joining Pulteney. The first few days of school are a mixture of emotions, but in moving across the school during the first week back with students, it was fantastic to see our community welcome each other back in such as positive and supportive way. As we gathered for our first assembly of the year, our 2019 oneninety student leaders set a fantastic tone, with the message of kindness being central.

Strategic focus - Student Wellbeing @ Pulteney for 2019

Through 2018, we worked to review our student wellbeing services at Pulteney. A tangible outcome of that included our new pastoral structure in our Middle School, with vertically grouped (Year 7,8 and 9 students together) tutor classes, and Heads of House charged with overseeing the development of the young people in their House. It has been great to listen to student feedback and witness them develop connections across year levels, with key support staff to guide them. Another outcome of our review was to set three clear strategic goals to develop in 2019. These are; increasing promotion of our Wellbeing Services team, developing a Pulteney Wellbeing framework and continuing our development of a responsive wellbeing program across our school.

The Wellbeing Services team, which comprises Chris Clements, our school psychologist; Lisa Thompson (Wednesday/Thursday) and Annecke Redelinghuys (Tuesday/Friday), our school counsellors, who are exploring and developing ways to promote and enhance service delivery to our school community. They are a committed and agile team and we look forward to sharing our plans with you in 2019. The team can be contacted via email;

As we start the 2019 school year, I thought I would share the following article with you. It discusses how we can frame our questions to young people about how their day at school was to generate conversation:

Have a great week!

Steven McCulloch

Head of Student Wellbeing




Middle School
An exciting start to 2019

The Middle School has had a great start to the 2019 school year. We have 57 new students joining the Middle School and 14 classes – a record!

We have successfully implemented the vertically-based House Tutor system, which has already proven to be a most effective initiative. As with any change, we will need to work creatively to develop a strong sense of identify with the House for every student and their family. 

The Middle School Heads of House and Tutors for 2019 are:


Bleby Howard
Head of House: Ms Clare Reed
Tutors: Mr Jarrod Johnson; Ms Sally Sanders (replacing Mr Rod James for Term1);
Mr Thomas Ranieri

Cawthorne Nicholls
Head of House: Mr Simon Sharley
Tutors: Mr James Burrows; Ms Jodi Petherick; Mr Daniel Polkinghorne

Kennion Miller
Head of House: Ms Kirsty Raymond
Tutors: Ms Emma Gaudry (replacing Mr Nik Sacoutis for Term 1); Ms Erica Wadham;
Mr Matthew Brown

Moore Sunter

Head of House: Ms Mharianne Strong
Tutors: Ms Jayme Wearn; Mr Michael Moularas; Sanja Letinic

Parent Welcome Evening

On Thursday evening of Week 1 we held our Parent Welcome evening and for the first time it was held in the Middle School building. It was a great night, with an impressive turn out. Our new Heads of House and Tutors were introduced to parents and Peter Neuhaus, President of the Parents and Friends, spoke about how parents can get involved and help support the School.

Parents were given colour-coded name tags so that they could identify and meet parents from the same House.  Parents were set the challenge to introduce themselves to other parents and it appears that the challenge was accepted with enthusiasm.

With the introduction of the House system into the Middle School we plan to invite parents to House-based social events to help parents also feel a sense of belonging with the House system and make strong connections and friendships with other parents. 

Middle School Leadership

Our first Middle School assembly of the year is to be held on Friday of Week 2 (8 February) at 12.45pm.  At this assembly we will induct the 2019 House Prefects. Our Principal, Mrs Dunstan, our Deputy Principal, Mr Atterton, and the Heads of House will join us for this assembly. 

Parents of our student leaders are most welcome to attend. 

The 2019 House Prefects are:

  • Cawthorne Nicholls - Sarah De Jong, Lily Koch, Finn Boylen
  • Kennion Miller -Tahlia Cahill, Madi Schubert, Henry Moseley
  • Bleby Howard - Gracie Smith, Harry Oates, Larissa Henshall
  • Moore Sunter - Addi Schwartz, Olivia Baker, Hudson Merchant
Parent Communication - Pulteney Review

To ensure we provide effective communication to parents and to minimise the mass email, I encourage parents to regularly read the Pulteney Review.

The Middle School Office will provide information in the Pulteney Review on up-coming events, as well as reports on camps and other activities, student achievements and other relevant information.

Letters to parents will continue to be emailed, but to help parents manage the communications from School to home, Middle School letters will be sent to parents on Wednesday.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School


Kurrajong & Prep School ID Photos

Dear parents,

Please note that students from ELC to Year 5 will be having their photo taken on Wednesday 13 February.

These photos are for Pulteney's student database/student identification purposes only and as such, will not be for sale.

Class, sibling and individual photos will be taken as usual later in the year.

Thank you! 

Languages Events


Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 15 at Pulteney this year. Our Kurrajong and ELC students will parade around the campus wearing red or traditional Chinese costume and using noisemakers to scare off the beast ‘Nian’. The Kurrajong and Prep students will then enjoy a dance performance in Wyatt Hall. Dumplings will be available for the Prep and Kurrajong students to order via the Qkr! App.

Languages and Culture Celebration Week
Week 10

The Languages faculty is excited to once again be hosting the Languages and Culture Celebration Week this year! Our students will be offered a large variety of activities both in and out of the language classrooms. Competitions, martial arts and cooking demonstrations, station-based learning, shuttlecock, sumo suits, Wei Qi, badge making and Easter Egg decorating are just some of the activities involved. Our International Lunch will be held on April 3. The Qkr! App will again be used to pre-order the meals so please make sure that you are au fait with the app!

Exchange Returnees

Over the summer 9 of our senior students travelled to Germany on various exchanges and scholarships. We have had heard some wonderful stories and the Year 12 have engaged in some very meaningful conversations about stereotypes versus the reality, what intercultural understanding really means and the differences in the school system. We are very proud of our students for putting themselves out of their comfort zones and grasping these amazing opportunities. Below are some of their favourite photos of their experiences.

Casual Day

A Casual Day with an International Theme will be held on Wednesday April 3

Kirsty Hickman


Health Centre
Welcome to our new school year

Just some general information for our new families. The Health Centre is located in the Prep building. Access is via the outside door, opposite the gym and is open from 08.30-3.30 daily. To call direct, phone 8216-5540 or nursing staff can be reached on mobile 0418 895 577 in the case of an emergency.

In non-urgent situations students need teacher permission to attend the Health Centre. This is gained from the teacher of the current lesson or the duty teacher at recess or lunch. Student diaries “movement logs” can be signed indicating permission. All students who are unwell should be seen by the Registered Nurse. If a student needs to go home sick the Registered Nurse will contact the nominated caregiver directly. Students are not permitted to use their own mobile phones in the Health Centre unless specific permission has been granted by the Registered Nurse.

Occasionally students may attend the Health Centre and a First Aider will be on duty if the Registered Nurse is unavailable.

Unwell or injured students (Years R – 6) who are in the Health Centre waiting parent collection after 3.30pm and require ongoing adult supervision will be sent to OSHC. Here they will continue to be observed by staff trained in first aid. Parents will be notified of their whereabouts if this is the case.

Allergies, Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Epilepsy and Diabetes.

Please come and speak with us if your child needs medication for this or any other condition.

Thank you to the many parents who have already provided emergency medication and care plans for their child for this year.  There are a few families across the school that still need to provide current in-date EPIPENS. It would be appreciated if you could follow up on this as soon as possible and bring them into your class teacher (Kurrajong students).  For students in Year 3 and above bring them directly to the health centre.

Immunisation Information 2019

You may be aware there have been some changes to the School Based Immunisation program from 1st February 2019. A state funded Meningococcal B vaccine will be offered to students who are in Year 10 and Year 11. This will be a 2-dose schedule with a minimum of 2 months between doses.

Additionally, the Commonwealth Government recently announced that the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine will be included on the National Immunisation Program from April 2019. This will be offered to Year 10 students only, through the school program to coincide with the 2nd visit for Year 10 in late 2019.

The Year 8 School Immunisation Program will remain the same in 2019 as it has been in 2018. Year 8 students will be offered a 9-valent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil 9) in a 2-dose schedule, with a minimum of 6 months between doses.  A booster dTpa Boostrix (diphtheria toxoid, tetanus toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine) will also be offered at the 1st visit in Term 1 2019. Our schools’ service provider is Health & Immunisation Management Services (HAIMS).

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the health care of your child please contact the Health Centre.

Sharon Bowering

Registered Nurse / School Nurse 

Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!




Friday 22 February 6.00pm

Celebrating 20 Years of Co-education

Sunday 24 February 10am-12pm

Tree Climb with the Venture Club (All students Years 7-12)

Monday 25 February 5pm-6pm OR

Wednesday 27 February 6pm-7pm OR

Thursday 28 February 9am-10am

Parent Information Sessions - Pulteney's Sport Program



Thursday 7 March

Senior School Sports Day

Friday 8 March

Junior School Sports Day

Friday 29 March

Navy Blue Formal



Thursday 23 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 24 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Saturday 25 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 31 May

Chic and Champagne



Sunday 18 August 12.00pm

Wild Wild West Long Lunch



Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day



Gifted and Talented
Gifted and Talented News

Pulteney is committed to offering a range of programs for our highly able students whilst continually reflecting on best practice and current research in the field of Gifted and Talented Education. Current research suggests that giftedness is developmental; there is no longer a ‘gifted for life’ label; students can plateau, while other students’ talents suddenly emerge. With this in mind, we aim to offer a range of programs to best meet the needs of identified students, including students who may be showing emerging signs of talent that has not previously been evident.

We currently offer the Challenge Program which includes a focus on critical and creative thinking (Year 3 to 9) and many events such as Tournament of Minds, da Vinci Decathlon, Ethics Olympiad, World Scholar’s Cup, Evatt International Diplomacy Competition as well as writing groups, Math’s Challenge, Philosophy and in class support. All events and additional opportunities are offered to varied year levels and to students who are demonstrating an identified talent in a specific area. We also offer subject specific acceleration and the Headstart (early entry University subject) program to exceptional students.

More details about the selection process of these programs was sent via email last week to all families in the school. If you did not receive this email or you have any questions about the programs being offered at Pulteney please come to the information session about the Challenge Program and current trends in Gifted Education on Tuesday 12 February from 5:30pm to 6:15pm for Kurrajong and Prep families and 6:15pm to 7:00pm for Middle and Senior School families. The session will be held in the Challenge room (in the Allen Wing next to the Middle School basketball court). Please book via try booking using the following code no later than 11th February. If you would prefer to email me my address is

Sue Mavropoulos

Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher

Meet the Chaplain
Meet the Chaplain


My Roles

Hello my name is Tracey Gracey and I’m very excited and pleased to have become the Chaplain for Pulteney Grammar. Pulteney is the only Anglican school in this state that employs a fulltime Chaplain, other schools prefer their Chaplains to teach religious education or other subject areas. This was one of the reasons why this position excited me as it is a unique role where Christian teaching and worship can be incorporated into Chapel services.

Each week I will lead six Chapel services from Kurrajong to Year 12. I will spend time with allocated classes where we will plan Chapel services together, choosing relevant themes and incorporating the many ideas of our students. I’m also looking forward to compiling services for the one-ninety students as the structure has changed and will enable us to design services where students can discuss current world events and have time for renewal and quiet reflection. The Middle and Senior School students will partake in a survey so that we can create relevant and engaging Chapel services based on their feedback.

I will also be working closely with the Head of Wellbeing and as I build relationships with students it is my hope that students will feel comfortable to come to me for pastoral support. I will be attending camps and excursions to get to know students outside of a class setting and I’m looking forward to building relationships with parents by offering my services on the Parents and Rriends Committee and attending other community events.

I will join a team of people to implement a new community service project where different year levels will learn and engage with a service or charity to become more aware of the needs for local and global social service, support and action.

My background

I grew up attending the Uniting Church with little understanding about what the Christian faith meant. I spent my teenage and early adult years rejecting all things spiritual and only returned to the church when I was pregnant with my first child in the hope to reject my childhood faith. That was not the case as I was drawn into the mystery of my faith story. Encouraged by those who saw gifts in me and by my own desire to want to question and learn about my faith, I slowly followed the path of undertaking a Bachelor of Theology degree and then ordination into the priesthood. I have been ordained for 13 years. During this time; I have worked in children’s and family ministry, youth ministry, parish ministry, school and hospital chaplaincy and have undertaken a spiritual director’s course.

I have two beautiful daughters who are in their twenties who live independently and as my youngest said to me are ‘living the dream!’ I enjoy walking, bike riding, reading, wine tasting and spending time with family and friends.

I’m really looking forward to this new chapter of my life. I’m especially looking forward to engaging and building relationships with your children and yourselves and being a support where ever I can. My office is next door to the Chapel and I would welcome a visit from students and parents, please feel free to drop-in.


Rev. Tracey

International Year of Indigenous Languages
2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

At Pulteney we celebrate Kaurna language and culture as part of our school commitment to recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, language and perspectives. We do this by using the Kaurna acknowledgement for Chapel, Assembly and our Pulteney Celebrates at the end of the school year. We fly the Aboriginal flag and the Australian flag, while the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are displayed in learning areas. Our Kaurna Shield, crafted by Jack Buckskin is used for discussion in classrooms during the year and the scar tree changes have been observed by students over the past 3 years.

The Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Working Group has completed our updated RAP, which is on the Pulteney website. This Working Group includes student school leadership and Senior students along with staff. We meet regularly to plan actions for our goals.

I am currently working with the Art Department to plan several art projects and we hope to invite aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to inspire our students.

Another action is to inform the school community about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performances and local events. Please see several performances that will be held during the Fringe Festival. I highly recommend Djuki Mala (Chooky Dancers) – as I have seen their humerous dances and the back story is amazing.

Briony Franklin