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Pulteney Review, Week 6, Term 4

From the Principal

From the Principal


Remembrance Day

Pulteney’s annual Remembrance Day Service is a very special moment in our School year.  On Friday 10 November, we welcomed Old Scholars and their partners, past staff and parents, who joined our students from Kurrajong to Year 11 in the Quad. The 2018 Student Leaders assisted in marking the service and sacrifice of Pulteney Old Scholars and Queens Old Scholars at war. 

I extend my thanks to Mark Bourchier and the Community Relations Team, the Music staff for such beautiful accompaniment to our School's recognition of our important heritage and our Grounds & Maintenance Team for their support.

In speaking with Old Scholars at the luncheon held after the service, they expressed how touched they were by the level of engagement & respect they witnessed amongst the students and staff.

Student Success

Pulteney students from Years 5, 6 and 8 enjoyed tremendous success in the recent Lego League Competition held on Sunday 12 November.  Further details about this outstanding result can be found in this edition of Pulteney Review.  I congratulate the following students for their contribution to the team’s success.  The team is as follows:

The Pulteney Pro Programmers

James Apostolakos
Jeremy Ninio
Julian Grobelski
Charlie Brennen
Charlie Delin
Philip Tan
Idhika Mahajan
Emma Neuhaus
Lucy Wilson

I also thank Mrs Georgie Buenfeld, Learning Area Leader – Digital Technologies, who has provided outstanding support and leadership to the group. 

Staff News

It gives me great pleasure to announce the following appointments:

In Kurrajong, three Early Learning Centre Teachers have been appointed for 2018.  We congratulate Enid Behrens, Tahlia Taylor and Katrina White. Todd Kerber will be replacing Alice May in her absence as the Director of Out of School Hours Care until January 2019.

Gen Corbo and Brooklynne McKenna have been appointed to replacement teaching positions in the Prep School for 2018 and Sue Mavropoulos has been appointed full time as Pulteney’s Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher.

Jacob Curnow will join Pulteney from his current position at Keith Area School as a replacement Maths Teacher (Middle School and one ninety) for 2018.

We look forward to their contributions in 2018.

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the wonderful news that Tiffany Anders (Prep School) and her partner Alex are expecting their first child due to arrive around May 2018.  We wish them every happiness.

Pulteney Celebrates

Pulteney Grammar School’s annual ceremony to celebrate the academic year will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, commencing at 7.00pm.

Attendance is required for all students in Year 10, 11 and 12, and all prize winners in Kurrajong, Prep and Middle School.  Students must be dressed in formal School Winter Uniform. 

Students, and accompanying parents, from Kurrajong, Prep and Middle School are also welcome to attend.

Should you have any queries about any aspect of the evening, please contact Cate Boucher, Community Relations Office, on 8113 5636.

I look forward to sharing with you what will be a wonderful celebration of our School year. 

Anne Dunstan


New Middle School Build

Middle School build update

Work on the new Middle School has continued at a steady pace. The first and second floor slabs have been formed, steel reinforcement placed and concrete poured. This will allow the placement of columns and then the erection of structural steel members for the supporting of the roof.

Formwork has been removed to allow the removal of temporary propping under the first floor slab. This will then allow the preparation and eventual concrete pouring of the ground floor slab which is to be completed by the end of 2017!

In addition, the main electric supply trenching and cabling has been completed with sub surface drainage and fire water main trenching and pipework also completed.

We are also pleased to have partnered with the University of South Australia to have final year architecture students build a 3D model of the new Middle School for Pulteney.  Students Tom, Jess, Alice and Ben (JPE Design Studio) have developed the model prototype, on which the acrylic coloured model will be based. We’re looking forward to seeing the finished model at the end of Term 4!

Chris Cartwright

Property and Facilty Manager

2018 Book Lists Now Available

New Books and Stationery 2018 Booklists are now available online!

To order books through Campion online, please visit www.campion

Please follow the links to Pulteney Grammar and then your son/daughter’s appropriate year level.

The Resource list code is 7DRC

Book orders are due by 8 December and will be delivered to your home.


2017 Australian Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad (AIMO)

This competition is held in August every year and is for students up to Year 10. Students are given 4 hours to complete 10 questions. It is a very difficult and challenging competition. This year only 2251 of the very best students from 224 schools around Australia participated. This year we invited 7 of our students from Years 9 and 10 to attempt the paper.

From 2000 until 2016 we have had just 7 students achieve Distinctions in this competition. I am delighted to announce that this year five of our students achieved Distinctions, placing them in the top 25% of students who competed. This is an outstanding achievement. We congratulate each of these students.

Year 10          Zach Nicholls, William Craddock, Dyllan Zhang

Year 9             James Burgess, William Rooke.       

Unfortunately, their certificates did not arrive in time for the last assembly before our Year 10 students left for their examinations. They will be presented with their certificates when they arrive.

In particular, congratulations to Zach and James who have followed up their success from 2016 when they achieved Credits.

Mark Webber

Lead teacher – Mathematics

Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!

Tuesday 5 December
Pulteney Celebrates
Sunday 3 December
Year 12 Farewell Dinner
Friday 8 December
Carols at The Cathedral
Sunday 24 December Christmas Nativity Service
Sport - Training, Fixtures, Results & Updates
Results, reports and fixtures

To view all sports results, reports, and fixtures, please visit

Please note that results will now only appear in the above sports section of the website (rather than appearing in the Pulteney Review).

Community Giving

Students from Reception to Year 10 will be participating in Kay-A-Day
from the beginning of Term 4 2017. Kay-A-Day is about encouraging
students to be active, while raising money to prevent Australia’s second biggest cancer killer - bowel cancer. Kay-A-Day is an initiative of The Jodi Lee Foundation, who encourages people to be proactive about prevention through early detection and healthy lifestyle choices. The Jodi Lee Foundation is dear to our hearts as on the 21 February 2014 Tracey Lee Diamond, mother of Harlow Diamond in Year 1 Narnu (1N), sadly lost her four-year battle with bowel cancer, aged 41. 

Kay-A-Day involves participants walking or running one kilometre each day for 21 days, the distance of a half marathon. Students will be participating in this during their Physical Education lessons and at various other times in the day when there is no Physical Education lesson scheduled. 

In Australia, 9 out of 10 young people do not move enough each day. Physical activity is really important for overall health and reduces the risk of developing certain diseases later in life – including bowel cancer. Healthy lifestyle habits formed early in life can have a lasting impression. Making a positive change does not have to be hard. Kay-A-Day gives people an easy way to start improving their general fitness. Kay-A-Day is based on the national physical activity recommendations for young people. As well as health benefits, there are social, emotional and intellectual benefits associated with being physically active and limiting sedentary behaviour. physical activity helps students do better at school!

Friends and family can get involved by sponsoring for every kilometre completed. Please register your child for the Pulteney team by clicking on the following link:

Students can choose a fun avatar profile or upload an image. If students opt to use a nickname this will be displayed on our Pulteney team page. Each student will receive a set of Kay-A-Day shoelaces, so they can show their support every time they wear their runners, and a lanyard to record their progress.

In 2016 the School raised over $1200 for the Jodi Lee Foundation through its participation in Kay-A-Day. The whole school looks forward to coming together as a community to improve our fitness while raising money for bowel cancer prevention.

Virginia Evans

Head of Kurrajong

From the Chaplain
We are fast approaching Advent and the Christmas Season….

In the Christian tradition, Advent is the four-week period before Christmas that begins the churches liturgical year. This season can have a penitential feel, although it is different to Lent. It is a season of anticipation, preparation and being ready. It is often celebrated by reflecting on the themes of love, joy, peace and hope. As we come to the end of the Year of Matthew’s gospel, the Sunday readings continue with the exploration of what The Kingdom of Heaven is like. However, the explicit and allegorical references to the Parousia- Jesus’ second coming and eschaton- a time of judgement, the final event in God’s divine plan, make for challenging reflection.

Taking Advent seriously is the perfect antidote to the jaded feel that the ‘Father Commercial Christmas Season’ can sometimes bring upon us, as it challenges us to think about what is most important. Last Sunday’s gospel reading was Matthew 25: 14-30. ‘The Parable of the Talents’. It contains confronting ideas that do not sit well with an image of a loving and comforting Jesus. ‘For to all those who have, more will be given and they will have an abundance, but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away’. And as if this was not enough, I have always been challenegd about the fate of the third slave in this parable who was cast out into ‘Deep Darkness where there will be “weeping and gnashing of teeth”’. No other character in the bible is treated so harshly.

This parable is about a wealthy man who goes away on a long journey. Before he departs he distributes his property to three slaves. It is a great deal of money. A talent would be about the equivalent of fifteen years wages; five talents would be a life times earning. The first two slaves receive five and three talents respectively and trade the money. This would have been high risk. The chances of loosing all or some of the money would have been very real. However, we are told that the slaves both do well. The third slave takes a very different approach with his one talent. He buries the money in the ground and all the money is kept safe.

This is not a bad man. He is prudent and careful. He takes no risk with someone else’s money. However, he is treated harshly. Many conventional sermons about this bible passage would make explicit reference to worldly and divine economics. Often implicit in this economic interpretation is the notion that we will be asked to account for our use or non-use of God’s gifts to us and that we will be punished or rewarded accordingly.

This bible passage has never spoken convincingly to me in these ways. I have never understood that the mysterious generosity of God could be reduced to economic constructs.  Christians would better understand this gospel passage by engaging with eschaton- end time reflection. A time of final judgment, which no one can know when it will occur, as it is God’s time, not human time to appropriate.

This parable is better understood as directing the faithful to pay attention to their own life and the decisions they themselves have made. This is not a parable about stewardship of what we already have, nor is it about economics or reward. It is a parable that exhorts us to speculate wildly about a glorious God shaped, Kingdom of Heaven, shaped future.  A future shaped by trust not fear, goodness over wickedness, disciplined work over laziness. Jesus is challenging us to be faithful servants who choose to allow life, God’s very own life, to grow within us. To choose otherwise is to deny ourselves the opportunity to live to our full potential.

Being faithful servants of Christ is a high-risk venture. Jesus is telling us this parable during the last few days of his life. He had made the decision to leave the safety of rural Galilee and go to Jerusalem. This parable teaches us that the greatest risk of all is to not risk anything. We must care deeply and profoundly enough about our faith to be willing to risk things.

To ‘play it safe’, to live cautiously and prudently at all times will not grow us as human beings. Ultimately a risk-free life becomes something akin to death, like being banished to an outer darkness- the fate of the third slave.

Magdalene Centre Christmas Hampers

The Pulteney Community has a strong tradition of helping the Magdalene Centre in the lead-up to Christmas. The Magdalene Centre is preparing to give away 500+ Christmas Hampers of food, toys and gifts to those in need. All donations are greatly appreciated. As we all know finding the right gift for a teenager is sometimes perplexing so if you have any gifts suitable for a teenager they will be especially welcomed.  Please leave items in the chapel foyer.

Pulteney Christmas Services

Pulteney’s St Peter’s Cathedral Festive Carols Service will take place on Friday, December 8, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Pulteney Community’s Christmas Nativity Service, will be at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 24, in the school Chapel.


Deep Peace,


Pulteney Community Nativity Service

Pulteney Community

Christmas Nativity Service

6:00 pm Sunday 24th December

Chapel of St Augustine

Pulteney Grammar School

South Terrace, Adelaide


Celebrate the Christmas story with all the family.

Children can participate in the nativity play.

All your favourite Christmas carols.

A talented guest organist will put the beautiful chapel organ through its paces.

Followed by refreshments-

let’s celebrate together the Christmas season.

Please join us.

Student Careers & Pathways
Adelaide Business Chicks Breakfast

Thanks to the very generous offer of current parent Alison Perrott, five Year 10 girls and I had the privilege of attending the Adelaide Business Chicks breakfast this week, where we listened to Dame Quentin Bryce, the first female Australian Governor General, talk about her trailblazing life. Throughout the morning, which was hosted by Natarsha Belling from Channel 10, Dame Quentin spoke about her life in office and the need for women to be supported and well connected. She believes with this connection and support, the sky is the limit. Her take home message though, was that women can have it all – just not at the same time! It was noted that small acts of kindness can have a profound impact on people and that caring for each other, and ourselves, is very important. She also talked about the need for ‘quietness’ in this busy world, as a way to build stores of resilience, and that one of the most important journeys to take as an individual, is the one inside ourselves, to take time to reflect and re-charge. It was an inspirational morning and the girls thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the opportunity to attend.

Year 8 & 9 Futures Program

Term 4 has seen the introduction of a “Futures” programs to both Year 8 and Year 9 students. The Year 8 program aimed to develop their understanding of ‘self’ and the ‘Future World of Work’, including identifying and exploring employability skills and how they can improve these as they move into the future. They have also created a ‘Future’ vision board, to enable them to dream about their future and what it might be like.

The Year 9 program continued with this theme of self-discovery, asking students to visualise their ideal future and determine their life motivators and life types, to assist them moving forward with their plans for the future. Year 9 students also took part in a group interview, which has become more common practice when employing young people, where they were asked to introduce themselves in front of the group, answer some questions and take part in a problem-solving scenario, to enable them to demonstrate their team work skills.

My thanks to all Year 8 and 9 Tutors who have assisted in the delivery of the programs. I look forward to refining and developing these programs in 2018 and beyond.

Work Experience 2018 – 25 to 29 June, 2018

All current Year 10 students will undertake Work Experience next year and have already received information from the school about the process. Parents will receive a letter early in the 2018 school year, with information about the program. Parents can access more information now by going to the Work Experience page on the Futures website:

Work Experience placements are becoming more difficult to organise and I have encouraged students to be proactive and finalise their placements early. Once a placement has been sorted, students are required to complete and submit an online application form (, with details of the placement, by Thursday 1 March (Week 5). This does seem like a long way off, but it will come around quickly, so it might be wise for students to try and sort their placement in the upcoming school holidays.

Work Experience assistance requested

Work Experience is an excellent opportunity for our students to ‘get a feel’ for an industry or occupation to assist them to make some decisions about their own suitability to such a career. I currently have a database of workplaces that have previously accepted Pulteney students for Work Experience. However, as the difficulty of organising placements increases, I am always looking to expand the database to provide the best possible opportunities for our students. If you work in an area where you would be able to offer a placement to a Year 11 Pulteney student, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me either via email at, or by phone on 82165553.

SACE results

The Stage 2 SACE results are expected to be released on Tuesday 19 December. Students should ensure they are registered with the SACE Board and remember their password before this date, so they can access their results immediately.

SATAC and interstate applications

‘On time’ applications have now closed for university admissions centres across Australia. Late applications can still be made for many courses but there is an additional application fee. Applications received after Monday 4 December will not be given equal consideration, so students should not leave their applications too late.

Studying teaching at UniSA

There has been a very important change in the application process for teaching degrees at UniSA, which involves applicants preparing and submitting a 400-word Education Statement as a part of their SATAC application. The statement needs to be submitted by Monday4 December.

University of Sydney – fixed ATAR

The University of Sydney has introduced a fixed ATAR so students can have greater transparency and certainty when choosing courses. This is designed to simplify the application process, while having the additional benefit of giving applicants the confidence to list their courses in an appropriate preference order. Details can be found at

Apprentice opportunities – welding/fabrication

Acromat is seeking applicants for apprentice fabrication structural steel/first class welder positions. These positions will start in January 2018. For details about Acromat and the positions available, go to Applications need to be sent to the Manager, either by email ( or write to the Manager at 25 Manchester St, Mile End South, 5031.

AFL SportsReady

AFL SportsReady is looking for a current Year 12 student who will be completing school this year and may be interested in doing a PE assistant traineeship at an Adelaide based school. Details can be found at

SA Government funded workshop on essential business skills

TAFE SA is offering a SA Government funded 3-hour workshop on Essential Business Skills for Business Owners, Employees and anyone looking to set up a business. These workshops will be offered at 38 metro and regional locations across the state. A number of skills are essential to starting and running a business effectively. This workshop provides participants with skills to manage a business effectively including, minimising business tax obligations, using innovative digital and social media marketing campaigns and complying with business obligations. Applications can be made at and the cost for the course is $20.

University of Tasmania – Law High Achievers Scholarship

The University of Tasmania encourages interstate applicants to live and study in Tasmania. This scholarship is to encourage high achieving interstate students to study Law at the University of Tasmania. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 (which includes a Law Relocation Bursary of $7,500). Details and applications can be made via

Youth Pathways Network Careers Resource Book

The YPN Careers Resource Book is a free comprehensive resource providing career, study and life guidance for high school students. It was specifically created for young people in Western Sydney but the majority of information is relevant to young people anywhere in Australia. To download a copy of the resource, go to:

Australian Jobs 2017

Australian Jobs 2017 provides a snapshot of employment prospects in a very large range of occupations in Australia. It provides details on jobs by location, jobs by industry and provides a summary of the employment situation in each State. The material is designed to provide accurate career information to assist individuals with their career planning. Hard copies are available in the Futures Office or go to:

Beyond School Study Guide

The Government has produced a document to give students in Years 10 – 12 information about continuing with further study, including tertiary study options and financial and government assistance. For further information, go to:

Pulteney Futures Website

The Pulteney Futures website has a great deal of general information for students to assist in their career exploration, with links to many relevant sites. To view this, go to

If you have any questions regarding careers, please feel free to contact me on or 8216 5553.

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures