From the Acting Principal
It has been wonderful to welcome students, staff and parents to the new term and despite the dreary weather, a great deal has already been achieved in a very short time. Early last week we welcomed home our staff and students who attended the Commemorative ANZAC Music Tour to Fromelles, while over the weekend members of Jazz on the Terrace, our small Jazz vocal group and Stage Bands headed to Mt Gambier to compete in the Generations in Jazz competition. On Monday, students were bathed in beautiful sunshine as they competed for House points in the annual Inter-House Cross Country event, while on Wednesday, Pulteney hosted the Anglican Cup where schools from Woodcroft, Pedare and St John’s joined in healthy competition for this coveted prize. Events and competitions such as this complement the teaching and learning students engage in everyday and supports our strong sense of community and importantly ‘team’.
During my address at our Whole School assembly on the first day of term, I focused on ‘team’ and what can be achieved when we all work together. I have included the details for you to read below.
Over the holidays it has been hard to avoid the hype around the new Avengers movie titled “Endgame”. Now, I promise no ‘spoilers’ but with the movie already recording more than 1 billion dollars at the box office and breaking all sorts of records, I am fairly confident a few of you have seen it! I know for a fact that Mr Brice and Mr McCulloch were some of the first ones at the cinema when it opened!
So when you think about the characters in the Avenger movies, each one comes with their own unique powers and talents.
- The Hulk, through a massive dose of gamma radiation has incredible super human strength and healing powers and who doesn’t love that fact that he turns green when he’s angry!
- Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, survived being frozen, is a skilled military leader and has a virtually indestructible Vibranium shield.
- In his arc-reactor powered armour, with high tech systems and powerful gadgets, billionaire Tony Stark is the invincible Iron Man!
- While Thor is the master of thunder and lightning, is resistant to injury and wields an enchanted hammer!
And there are so many more characters that we could talk about but I think you have the idea.
So what makes the Avengers so popular? It’s actually not the talents of each individual character but what they can achieve as a team. Its only when they work together that they can truly overcome the powers of evil and restore harmony to the world.
Avengers assemble!" is the rallying cry for the Marvel Comics superhero team!
When the avengers are about to face a monumental battle, Captain America will use the rallying cry as an opportunity to not only bring the team physically together as they enter battle but also as a galvanizing and motivating chorus.
Each one of you have your own passions, interests and individual talents and there is much we can learn if we take the time to get to know each other and celebrate our differences.
However, as we are begin a new term, I want you to think about what we can achieve as a team when we all work together. Now , I am not expecting to hear ‘Avengers assemble!’ anytime soon when I walk through the Quad or visit the Nature Play in Kurrajong, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of helping others, a kind word when someone looks down or offering support when you can tell a friend is having a rough day.
As individual students and staff we can achieve a lot but as a School we can achieve so much more
I am thrilled to share with the Pulteney community the safe arrival of four babies born to members of staff over the last fortnight!
Congratulations to Nicole Maxwell and her partner Daniel who were thrilled to welcome the safe arrival of their beautiful baby girl, Isabelle Anne Maxwell, born on 24 of April 2019.
We are over the moon for James Burrows and his wife Cassandra, very proud parents of twin girls, Marigold and Penelope, born on 29 April, 2019 and 30 April 2019 respectively.
Finally, we are very pleased to announce that Chris Clements and his partner Brooke welcomed a beautiful baby boy, Bailey, at 12.10am on 3 May, 2019!
Our thoughts and best wishes are with our Nicole, James and Chris, their partners and their beautiful new additions as they enjoy this very special and memorable time together as a family.
Congratulations to Daniel Nielsen and Isaac Smith (Old Scholars, 2018) who were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award by His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC at Government House. An outstanding achievement and we are very proud of their efforts.