From the Principal
Pulteney Students Inspire and Entertain
“Don’t Forget me, Cobber” Fundraiser - Virtual War Memorial
It was an absolute pleasure to witness the outstanding contributions of the Grammarphones, Concert Band and String Ensemble at the recent major Adelaide fundraiser for the Virtual War Memorial Australia, held at the Adelaide Oval. Not only did our students perform brilliantly, they spoke with authenticity of the research some had completed to honour Pulteney’s fallen Old Scholars while on the recent ANZAC Commemorative Tour.
Attendees heard an inspiring address from Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, and also from those who volunteer and work with the Virtual War Memorial, including Old Scholar, Nicholas Egan (2009). Nicholas gave a wonderful account of the research he undertakes to add to the incredible amount of information available to the public through this invaluable digital commemorative collection. I was touched by Nicholas’ emphasis on the importance of honouring the personal experiences of all individuals who have served, and the impact of this service on the individuals themselves, their families and communities. He is not just researching “history”, he is exploring, retelling and honouring the life experiences of real people.
It was a pleasure to share this experience with past parent and wonderful Pulteney supporter, His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, and Old Scholar, the Honourable John Gardner MP, Minister for Education. Both spoke glowingly of their Pulteney connections and their pride in our school community.
I thank the Music staff, including Jonathon Rice (Learning Area Leader - Performing Arts), Annie Kwok, Narelle Steffan, Meredith Wilson and Ali O’Connell for their support of the students.
You can learn more about the important resource of the Virtual War Memorial here.
Singing = Happiness
The first 2019 rehearsal for the Pulteney Grammar School Community Choir was held on Thursday 8 August with over 25 participants. Annie Kwok was simply beaming that we have such breadth and depth of choristers interested in singing together at 7.30am each Thursday morning in the Chapel!
Evidently, the act of singing releases endorphins, the brain's "feel good" chemicals and of all types of singing, it is choral singing that seems to have the most dramatic effects on people's lives. For me, choral singing is also good because those small mistakes you make as an individual are far less obvious in a crowd!
So, if you are seeking some extra joy, why not join me and many others from our wonderful school community, including parents, staff, Old Scholars and grandparents, for some choral “good vibes”?!