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Pulteney Review Week 4 Term 2

From the Principal
“There’s No Place Like Home”

I thought the above quote was pertinent, given we are about to launch the musical extravaganza that is “Wicked” this week!  My best wishes are with all of the cast and crew for the fabulous week of entertainment and energy ahead.

Dorothy’s statement is also pertinent as I have recently returned from approximately a month away from school on Sabbatical.  During this time, I have had the distinct privilege of being able to attend an international education conference, visit schools in London, meet up with and witness the outstanding student and staff ambassadors on the Pulteney Commemorative ANZAC tour in France and the UK and have had a short period of rest and rejuvenation before returning to school.  I am looking forward to sharing some of my reflections, observations and experiences with the staff, Board of Governors and students in the coming months.

To my great delight, I returned to hear of the many achievements and positive outcomes of the multitude of learning, co-curricular and community activities which make up our exciting daily school experience.  I also received the following email from a Tasmanian who was visiting the City of Adelaide on holiday:

As a visitor to Adelaide today we were delighted to meet some of your students who offered help. We were chatting among ourselves and a lovely girl asked if she could help. A boy with her then got off our stop and guided us to our destination. We thank you very much for the effort on their behalf.

Whilst I am not surprised that our students would show such care and initiative, it is a wonderful reminder of the outstanding boys and girls, young women and men, with whom we are privileged to work.  We are proud of them all.

I take this opportunity to thank Mr Greg Atterton for seamlessly taking on the role of Acting Principal in my absence and I acknowledge all staff for their support of Greg during this time.  Pulteney is a warm, welcoming community and, while I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to explore different education landscapes and observe different horizons, it has been a pleasure returning home to this vibrant place.

 Being a Responsive School

At Pulteney, we have a Responsive School policy that identifies there should be no more than 24 hours between an enquiry and a responding communication.  The aim of this timeframe is to facilitate the prompt acknowledgement of the original communication; it is unlikely that the matter would be fully resolved, or the enquiry completed if it was complex in nature.  On these occasions much more time would need to be dedicated to achieving a resolution. 

As a school, we have not placed limitations or an embargo on when staff can send emails because we know that staff prefer to manage their emails and administrative tasks at different periods of time that suit them (sometimes early in the morning or later in the evening).  This enables our staff to prioritise important interactions with your children and their peers during the school day and focus on balancing their personal and professional commitments outside of school hours.  It is important to remember that one size cannot fit all when it comes to managing email and it is important that, just as for the students, we support each other to facilitate the personalisation of our own time management.

Please be assured that timely communication is important to us at Pulteney Grammar and our staff have a strong commitment to being responsive; however, it is not always possible for a teacher to reply to an email enquiry on the same day, nor is it realistic to expect a fully considered response at 8.00am following an email enquiry received at 10.00pm the previous evening. 

If parents have an urgent matter in relation to their child, please call your child’s sub-school and either speak to the relevant staff member or leave a message for them and they will return your call.  If the matter is not urgent, an email can be a positive way to alert the staff member or the matter can be raised when you next see the teacher, or a note put into the student diary. 

We certainly value working in close partnership with our parents and students, and electronic communication can indeed facilitate this; there are also many other ways in which we can communicate, and I encourage everyone to consider the full range of options available to them.

Anne Dunstan


Looking after our Mental Health

As someone who works regularly with those experiencing mental health issues along the spectrum from mild to acute, I have come to understand some of the greatest and simplest things we can do to take care of ourselves. Acknowledging and addressing our mental health isn’t something we should ignore until we’re at a crisis point. I feel that it’s just as important to build good mental health just like we build good physical health from exercising and moving our body.

Here are some tips to help build and maintain good mental health.

Build relationships

Having positive relationships is an important factor, contributing to a sense of belonging and wellbeing. Relationships take time and effort and it’s important that we prioritise spending time with those we love and who make us feel good. Friends. Family. School peers. Work colleagues. Community.

Move your body

Exercise is well documented to improve our mental health, reducing symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress. It releases those feel-good hormones so making sure we honour our body with movement daily will go a long way towards improving our overall wellbeing.

Eat well

There are many different guidelines around what we should eat which means this aspect can be an incredibly confusing area to navigate. Keep it really basic and easy when it comes to food. Eat mostly plants – lots of veg, some fruit. Include a small amount of protein and healthy fat at each meal. Avoid processed foods/anything in a packet. Drink loads of water. You may also like to visit your doctor to check if you have any deficiencies in the body that may need to be addressed through changes to what you eat or supplementation.

Get enough sleep

I cannot stress enough how important sleep is. It’s a good goal to aim to be in bed for 9 hours each night and asleep for at least 8. Develop a night time routine that prepares your body for rest and keep technology out of the bedroom.

Practice gratitude

Create a daily habit of being thankful for all the good in your life. One method of doing this is to keep a gratitude journal and write down three things each day that you are grateful for. Another way could be to begin each family meal with everyone taking turns saying what they are thankful for that day. A focus on the positive, what we have and what we love creates a healthy mindset of abundance leading to increased wellbeing.

Identify and use your strengths

Knowing who we are and what we’re good at increases confidence and contentment. Find out what your strengths are in terms of skills, knowledge and personality and draw on these daily. Focus on our amazingness and we feel and become more amazing.

Create flow

Flow is a state of being where you are so absorbed in an activity that you enjoy that you lose track of time. The activity will be different for every person and may happen during work, hobbies, creative practices, sport, exercise or time with loved ones. I encourage you to take some time to explore various activities and find what creates flow for you – it’s such a beautiful state to be in.

 Give to others

Helping another person is good for the soul and can have a profound, ripple effect, increasing not just our own social wellbeing but also that of those around us. “No one has ever become poor by giving” - Anne Frank.  Try volunteering, helping a neighbour or performing small acts of kindness and take note of how it makes you feel.


Being involved in spiritual or religious practices can improve wellbeing, help cope with the stressors of life and reduce symptoms of mental illness. This may include belonging to a faith community, meditation, prayer, mindfulness, yoga or tai chi.

Seek help

It’s important to remember that you don’t need to do things alone. If you’re struggling in any way, reach out to someone who can support you - your doctor, a mental health professional, teacher, family or friend.

Please get in touch with our wellbeing services team if you would like to discuss any of these aspects further or if we can support your child to develop a plan to address their mental health in a proactive way.


Lisa Thompson

School Counsellor

Middle School
Homework Club

In the Middle School we are now offering students the option of joining a homework club after school if they wish to get their work completed before heading home.

The Homework Club will occur on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening from 3.45pm until 4.30 pm in room MS2.6.

The room will be staffed with teachers who have volunteered to help out.  Students just need to turn up.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Prep School Nature Market

Following on from the success of the Prep School 2018 Nature Markets, we decided to expand our Term 2 Anglicare Lenten Nature Market to include innovative ideas from students. With the help of the Student Representative Council, students showed their creative, entrepreneurial skills by selling a number of items including handmade goods, propagated plants and homegrown produce. The Prep School raised $2,455 for The Magdalene Centre. Funds raised will support people less fortunate than us to live more comfortably during the winter months. It was lovely to see the Prep School Community support an amazing cause. A special thank you to the Student Representative Council, Reverend Tracey Gracey and all the Prep Students on a well-run and successful 2019 Prep Market.

Anna Zerillo                                          Nathan Dodd
PE/Health Teacher                                 Assistant Head of Prep

Pulteney Grammar Sports App

We are delighted to be able to announce the launch, last week, of the Pulteney Sports App.  As well as being the ‘go to’ place for information about our sports program, it provides many other functions including: taking attendance, families indicating prior to practices and games they are able to attend, player reviews, player welfare monitoring, group messages, whether enabling our coaches to better perform their roles.  All of course delivered to your smart phone as opposed to email inbox.

If your son or daughter is involved in co-curricular sport, it is important that whatever sub-school they are in, you download the app.  It is our intention to ‘switch off’ the ‘Sport this Week’ section of the website at the beginning of Week 6.

To download the app please go to the Appstore (ios) ot GooglePLay (android) and search for Pulteney Grammar.  Your unique user name and password has been emailed the address that the School has on our database.

Should you experience any issues downloading, operating or understanding how the app works please contact our partners gojaro:

Information Screens

To assist in communicating information and news about the sports program there is now a large screen in the foyer of the Sports Hall.  The information is also included on the screens in the C4SL and Middle School.

Anglican Cup

After a wonderful day of competition, Pulteney narrowly retained the Anglican Cup.  The standout team performances came from our boys and girls basketball teams, our netball team and girls soccer team who went through the day unbeaten. 

Congratulations to Sophie Rundle and Jess Simons who were further acknowledged with the ‘Fair Play’ Awards in their sports.

Football’s back

Our Prep, 6/7, Senior girls’ and boys’ teams have been in action since Week 2.  Our   Kurrajong Auskick started last week and our 8/9 got going yesterday.  Our 8/9 and Senior Girls and Boys have been entered into the State Knock Out Championships and while the boys 1st XVIII came up just short in their 1st Round games, our girls 1st XVIII has progressed to Round 2 with very impressive wins over St Aloysius and St Dominic’s. Our 8/9 take on Mercedes and Seacliff High next week.

Junior League Volleyball

In 2018 we entered 3 teams into Volleyball SA’s Junior League competition – the highest standard junior volleyball in South Australia – and then travelled to Melbourne to compete at the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup (AVSC) in Melbourne. This year we have 6 teams in Junior League and preparing for the AVSC, being held this year on the Gold Coast.

We are also delighted that former Pulteney volleyball coach, Lucy Ambagsheer, has recently been selected to play for the Australian Volleyroos and is currently representing Australia in Europe.

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport


South Australian Space Forum

Early in May, four Year 10 students travelled to the Adelaide Convention Centre for the South Australian Space Forum. The forum, supported by the Australian Space Agency, provides the perfect opportunity for students and teachers to learn about current/future careers within the Space Economy and Industry and inspire young people to develop the skills to push forward the frontiers of scientific knowledge.

The four students were Alex Nikoloff, Bill Darker, Daniel Hassan and Thomas Hillock. Daniel received a commendation for his comments on one of the exhibitors:

“I love Math and Sciences (particular engineering and physics) and construction of cube satellites is an industry that relies on both. It is an interesting new technology that can be used for so many different purposes and solves problems we have with larger stereotypical satellites.”

and Bill commented that an exhibitor:

“…inspired me because of how robust their systems were and how they had such broad and exciting applications. As they are already far ahead of the operational limits of the payloads they are carrying they could likely be optimised and improved while the other supporting technologies caught up. They would then be able to take us to Mars and beyond which is a really exciting leap for humankind that I want to be a part of.”

Richard Drogemuller

Science/Physics Teacher

National Youth Science Forum

Applications are now open for the National Youth Science Forum Year 12 Program and close on 31 May. The NYSF is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage continued studies in these fields. At the NYSF Year 12 Program run in January each year, participants will:

  • visit science and technology related laboratories and facilities,
  • go on site tours,
  • listen to lectures,
  • take part in workshops,
  • go to social events, and
  • participate in group activities that improve communication and presentation skills.

Participants also take part in sessions on entrepreneurship, critical thinking, how to work together effectively, and more. The focus is not solely on academic achievements, but on developing well-rounded individuals who have the skills and confidence to determine their futures.

To apply for the NYSF Year 12 program, you must:

  • be in year 11 in the year you apply, to attend the following January,
  • be an Australian citizen or resident, and/or studying full-time in an Australian high school, and
  • be considering pursuing a university degree at an Australian university to study science, engineering, technology, or a related discipline.

In 2020, there will be three separate sessions running for the NYSF Year 12 Program with the following locations and dates. Each session has places for up to 200 students. Successfully selected students are not necessarily allocated a session in their home state.

Session A: Wednesday 1 to Sunday 12 January – CANBERRA

Session B: Wednesday 8 to Sunday 19 January – BRISBANE

Session C: Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 January – CANBERRA

For more information please visit, or speak with Mrs. Sharon Pearce

Sharon Pearce

Learning Area Leader - Science

Vaccinations and Allergy Awareness
Food Allergy Awareness

We will be raising awareness across the school regarding Food Allergies in Week 5, coinciding with the national campaign by Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia.

Initiatives will involve inclusion of topics in Kurrajong and Prep school health classes such as:

  • What is a Food Allergy?
  • How we encourage others to be allergy aware.
  • Understanding the importance of supporting peers with allergies.

 In the Middle and Senior School, we will run a short education session using videos and a frequently asked questions format to promote awareness.

We are fortunate to have the support of the Student Wellbeing Team in this promotion.

We have a large number of students with allergies. Allergies affect some students in a mild way, but others can be severely affected and require immediate first aid treatment.

Allergy professionals support risk minimisation strategies, rather than blanket food bans. In-line with their recommendations we have implemented Nut Allergy Awareness Guidelines.

Sharon Bowering
School Nurse / Registered Nurse


To provide a safe learning environment for all students.

To raise awareness regarding allergies and anaphylaxis.

Risk Minimisation

Parents and caregivers are requested NOT to send food to school that contains nuts (especially peanuts). This includes peanut butter, nutella, chocolate bars with nuts such as Snickers and Picnic bars, all nuts and cooking oil containing peanut oil, as well as foods containing nuts.

Students are encouraged not to trade or share food.

Bottles, other drinks and lunch boxes should be clearly labelled with the student's name.

The Tuck Shop will comply with the Nut Allergy Awareness guidelines.

Staff are informed of children with nut allergies and provided with treatment plans for them.

Staff participate in training in understanding and dealing with severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).

Students who bring food that contains nuts or nut products are asked to eat that food away from any other students and to wash their hands before going to play.

Parents of students with severe allergies will be asked to provide emergency medications and a medical treatment plan for their child.

Parents of students with severe allergies have the responsibility of educating their children about managing their allergies.

Pulteney Grammar School acknowledges that due to food processing practices it is impractical to eliminate nuts or nut products entirely from an environment where there is food, so this plan does not eliminate foods that "may contain traces of nuts".


  • All student medical plans and medications will be kept in the school’s Health Centre and on our database.
  • Students suffering allergic reactions are to be accompanied to the Health Centre to receive their medication and support from the attending nurse. After 4pm students should report to the Front Office.
  • In the case of an anaphylaxis reaction, where time is an important consideration, students are to seek help from the closest location. A generic epipen is available in the Front Office, one ninety office, Middle School Office, Kurrajong and the Health Centre. All staff are trained in first aid, which includes the administering of epipens. Attending staff will contact the nurse on duty.
  • Once the epipen is given an ambulance will be called.
  • In all cases parents will be notified and Incident reports will be completed.

We encourage parents to discuss the Nut Awareness Guidelines with your child. If your child suffers allergies please ensure they are aware of the procedures outlined above.


The licensed meningococcal B vaccine (Bexsero®) is being offered to all Year 10 and 11 students in 2019 at our school by Health and Immunisation Management Services.

Please note that Thursday May 30 marks the date for the second visit for Years 10 and 11 Meningococcal Immunisations. Year 10 students who previously consented will receive their second Meningococcal B vaccine and a Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine (two vaccines in total). Years 11 will be receiving their second Meningococcal B vaccine.

Should your child be receiving the vaccine on this date, please ensure your child has breakfast on the day and is wearing PE uniform or the school polo-top to allow easy access to their arms.

The vaccine is licensed in Australia and recommended for use in adolescents and toddlers.  


Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and book by Winnie Holzman
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire

Written as a prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz tale, Wicked follows the journey of two unlikely friends, and the power they have when they learn to put aside their differences to unite as one. In Pulteney’s 20th year of co-education, we are proud to present this story of exploring friendship and identity, celebrating the creativity and hard work of over 100 Pulteney students both on and offstage. See some of Pulteney’s incredible young talent as they journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard!

We are excited to offer several seating options this year: 

Emerald City package: Watch Wicked in style! Limited at only 8 tables per performance, this package offers front-row seating at your own exclusive private table (seating up to 4 people); a bottle of Bird in Hand bubbly (or soft drink), and Bottega Rotolo gourmet nibbles platter to enjoy during the show; commemorative program; and unparalleled views of the show. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to your table (each named after each of the leading characters) by one of the members of our Emerald City brigade. 

Ruby shoes package: The Ruby experience offers excellent reserved Stalls seating (rows 2-3); a commemorative program; and a complimentary glass of Bird in Hand wine (or soft drink) to enjoy during interval from the private Yellow Brick Road bar, accessible exclusively to Ruby guests. 

Munchkinland (Stalls & Dress Circle): These tickets are for seats located in the Stalls (row 4 onwards) or Dress Circle, offering great views of our talented cast and band in action. Water and soft drink can be purchased during interval from our friendly team in the foyer. 

Tickets available at from Friday 22 March

Thursday 23rd May @ 7:00pm
Friday 24th May @ 7:00pm
Saturday 25th May @ 7:00pm
Norwood Concert Hall (175 The Parade, Norwood SA 5067)

PLEASE NOTE: The use of stage smoke/ haze will be used for all performances. Please note that Stalls seating (including both the Ruby + Emerald packages) are on a flat floor space, whereas seats in the Dress Circle are slightly raked and only accessible via stairs. If you require accessibility support, please contact the production manager prior to the performance.

CONTACT: Jamie Hibbert, Production Manager & Senior Drama teacher at Pulteney Grammar School


Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!




Thursday 23 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 24 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Saturday 25 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 31 May 6.30pm

Chic & Champagne



Sunday 18 August 12.00pm

Wild Wild West Long Lunch



Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Wednesday 27 November 6.30pm 

 Pulteney Celebrates


Parent Rep Functions

All Parent Rep function information can be found here.

RK Mums Night out at Chic & Champagne – Friday 31 May 

Junior School Disco – Friday June 7

5V Parent Dinner – Friday 14 June

Year 8 Bottle and Plate Night – Saturday 15 June

RK Parent Dinner – Saturday 15 June

Year 4 Bowling – Sunday 16 June

Year 2 Parent Dinner – Saturday 22 June

Year 2 Dinner - 22 June