Performing Arts

Term 3 is jam-full packed with exciting Performing Arts events and my team and our students are very excited. Further below there is a list of the major events this term and we encourage you to come along and see our talented and dedicated students perform.

This term started very well with our Senior Strings Ensemble performing at the whole school assembly on Tuesday 24 July after a well-deserved winter break. The group played the first movement of Mozart’s Symphony No.40 with great style and skill. This ensemble has been working hard all year developing repertoire for the events in Semester 2 especially the fast approaching ABODA SA Festival in week 5. More on ABODA later.

The MS/SS Musical Production staff team has also met recently to review our presentation of WICKED The Musical. All in all, the show was a huge success with over 2000 people attending, including over 600 primary students from many surrounding primary schools. The production team has already met to discuss our options for 2020 and we can’t wait to get the new show chosen and into place for next year.


There are some very exciting events planned for Term 3 from the Performing Arts faculties. Please see the list below for dates and Trybooking details. We are thrilled to be presenting choirs and bands at the annual Balaklava Eisteddfod this Friday as well as our Concert Band, Senior Strings and Senior Concert Choir featuring at the annual Australian War Memorial Lunch fundraiser  held at the Adelaide Oval Thursday 8th August. In addition, we have the ABODA Band Festival in Week 5 where we will be hosting the visiting Anshi Experimental High School Band from Shanghai, China (Thursday 15 Aug concert at 12 noon) followed by the inaugural Pulteney Grammar Dance Concert on Tuesday 20 Aug 6.30pm. We also have the Gig@thegov on Tuesday 27 Aug and the Year 12 Drama Production at the Bakehouse Theatre, Wed – Sat 4 – 7 September (tickets will be released soon). The Classical Concert is on Tuesday 17 September 6.30pm and will feature the Senior Concert Choir, string ensembles, guitarists, handbells and others. In Week 10 on Wednesday 25 September we have the fantastic Preptacular event at the Adelaide Town Hall. So much wonderful music, dance and drama going on this term!  I hope to see you all there.

Term 3 Events

Balaklava Eisteddfod Friday 2 Aug
VWM Thursday 8Aug (
ABODA Wed to Fri 14 – 16 Aug
DANCE Concert Tues 20 Aug 6.30pm (
Gig@thegov Tues 27 Aug 7.30pm (
Year 12 Drama Production Week 7 Wed – Sat, 4 – 8 September (trybooking details to come)
Classical Concert Tues 17 Sept 6.30pm (
Preptacular Wed 25 Sept (trybooking details to come)
Piano fundraiser

The Chapel Piano Fundraiser is still in progress, so it is not too late for you and your family to contribute towards the new piano by purchasing a key and having your name engraved on the honour board to be displayed in the Chapel. It is hoped to finalise this appeal soon so please contact either the Friends of Music Committee or me and I will assist you in getting your key organised. The piano is desperately needed in the Chapel and it will be great to have a high quality instrument available for all Chapel services and other events held in the space (like SACE Stage 2 Music assessment performances, just as an example).

Instrument/voice lessons available

I am thrilled to report that the number of students receiving individual instrumental and vocal lessons each week here at Pulteney has increased again. This tells me that not only do students want to learn to play a musical instrument or to sing, but that parents are seeing the opportunity as highly beneficial for their children. To this end, it is never too late for a child to start to learn to sing or play an instrument. If you would like more information or any assistance at all, please contact me at:

We have 17 instrumental and vocal music teaching staff ready to teach your son or daughter. I know some of our new students to Pulteney in 2019 have now settled into the school and its routines so now could be a great time to initiate music lessons.

Special Note on Handbells

You might not be aware, but here at Pulteney Grammar School we are blessed to have a Handbell Ensemble rehearse every week under the directorship of highly experienced handbells player, adjudicator and conductor, Ali O’Connell. The group rehearses every Thursday 7.30 am for an hour and recently wowed the audiences at our 2019 Winter Music Festival. I see handbells being a significant part of what we offer here at Pulteney, so we have a strong diversity of ensembles and choirs for our students to join. Schools like St Andrew’s and Walford have also had a strong heritage in handbells but I am keen to develop Pulteney as the South Australian hub for excellence in handbells performance. The handbells will again feature in our Classical Concert later this term as well as at the end of year Carols and Lessons event (more information to come out on this later).

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts