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Pulteney Review Week 4 Term 3

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”?!

Anne Dunstan


Middle School Parent Teacher Interviews

Middle & Senior School Parent Teacher Student meetings.

Tuesday 3 September and Wednesday 11 September.

Setting Healthy Limits for Gaming

Many parents are concerned with the almost obsessive nature in which children play video games. Over 90% of children play electronic or computerised games, and 25% play for three hours a day or longer (Petry, 2019). When played in moderation, research suggests that such games can be harmless and without adverse side effects.  However, if you have a child who plays video games, chances are that you have experienced difficulties in setting boundaries and expectations.

Parents typically become worried about gaming when their child begins neglecting homework, staying up late at night, arriving to school feeling tired, or forgoing social commitments. In such circumstances it is not uncommon to hear parents say their child is ‘addicted to video games’. The point of this article is not to debate whether or not video gaming addiction exists (it was included in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-V as a condition warranting more clinical research and experience before being considered as a formal disorder) but rather to highlight strategies that can be used to set and enforce limits on video games. The following strategies were sourced in an article by the Child Mind Institute (2019) and based on the book Pause and Reset: A parent’s guide to preventing and overcoming problems with gaming written by Dr. Nancy Petry:

  1. Gaming should occur only after all other responsibilities have been undertaken for the day. These responsibilities should include homework and household chores. It is worth checking the quality of said chores and homework to ensure your child has not rushed the work in a bid to access the games earlier. Playing video games should be viewed as a privilege and not a right.
  2. Place clear limits on your child’s gaming. The American Academy of Paediatrics suggests children should have no more than an allotted 30-60minutes per school day and 2-hours or less on non-school days. For children under the age of 6, they recommend no more than 1 hour in total of screen timeper day. It is worth mentioning that some days should involve no gaming at all. The following website has an excellent tool which allows you to develop a Family Media Plan which includes: screen free zones in the house, screen free times, device curfews, balancing online and offline time, using manners, digital citizenship, online safety and exercise and sleep.

  1. When designing your rules, consider a reasonable time for reassessment. You will likely achieve greater buy-in from your child if they are aware change is temporary as opposed to permanent. Petry (2019) suggests 1 or 2 months followed by a revaluation of the rules. For example, you may decide the initial plan is too restrictive and may decide to loosen it if your child is adhering to it. Remember, it is much easier to loosen restrictions than to tighten them.
  2. Determine realistic consequences for breaking the rules. Whatever is agreed upon in the family must be enforceable and immediately applicable. A reasonable consequence would be for a complete ban on gaming for several days if they do not abide by the rules.
  3. Be aware of the games your child is playing and make sure you approve. As a parent, it is a useful strategy to find out about your child’s preferred games. In addition to rules regarding playing times, rules should also be stipulated to the type of games allowed. You can and should prevent purchase and use of games with extreme violence or graphical sexual content.
  4. Consistently monitor and apply established rules. One of the most important factors of any boundary setting is to follow through with consequences immediately if your child breaks the rules. You must feel comfortable with the plan you propose, and you must be committed, willing and able to follow through with it. If both parents are involved, then both must be on board with the monitoring of gaming and rules surrounding it.
  5. Identity other recreational activities. Look to provide opportunities to engage your child in activities other than video games. Your child will play video games largely because they are good at it and it is therefore important to find replacement activities that your child can also succeed in. Playing video games these days is readily accessible – they are often just a click away – and they will often partake in such activities when they have free time.  It is therefore important to actively promote what your child can do in their free time.
  6. Offer positive reinforcement for non-gaming activities. Provide rewards to your child for undertaking activities that do not relate to gaming. These rewards can be tangible, involving goods, services or even money in extreme situations. They may also be intangible such as verbal praise or simply attention. Often families who experience problematic gaming may encounter strained or fractured relationships. One of the ways to ameliorate this and improve that relationship is to introduce positive reinforcements for non-gaming activities.   


Petry, N. (2019). Pause and Reset: A Parent’s Guide to Preventing and Overcoming Problem’s      with Gaming (1st ed.). Ney York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Chris Clements

School Psychologist

Performing Arts
Balaklava Eisteddfod

Once again, a group of music students travelled to the 2019 Balaklava Eisteddfod held each year in the lower mid north town of Balaklava. This year we had a smaller contingent including the Grammarphones Choir, Handbells Ensemble, Jazz on the Terrace, Small Jazz Vocal Ensemble and Stage Band 2. Sadly, due to conflicts with sport the Concert Band and Stage Band 1 were not able to compete this year. None the less, our students performed to a very high standard and were rewarded with Handbells winning second place and Small Jazz Vocal receiving an Honourable mention in their large division. I was thrilled with the way all our ensembles performed especially Jazz on the Terrace, who sang brilliantly. For most members of the Stage Band 2 it was their first experience at competing in this Eisteddfod. After their previous experience at Generations in Jazz, these young musicians are gradually developing their craft and gaining critical performance experience. I can’t wait to hear them at ABODA SA this week. The Grammarphones also performed to a very high standard and I was thrilled to hear them sing so well. This group will also be performing in our inaugural Classical Concert later this term. I would like to thank some of my music team for their contribution in preparing the students for this competition and for their support on the day, thank you Katia Labozzetta, Annie Kwok, Ross Burford, Sam Hicks, Meredith Wilson and Ali O’Connell.

Virtual War Memorial Australia Luncheon Event

On Thursday 8 August, we presented over 65 students including members of the Concert Choir, Concert Band and Senior Strings Ensemble to the fundraising luncheon for the Virtual War Memorial Australia at the Adelaide Oval. We performed music as guests arrived, then presented the Vice Regal Salute for the Governors arrival. There were over 350 guests at the event including the SA Minister for Education Mr John Gardner, His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, CEO of VWMA, Sharyn Roberts as well as our Principal Anne Dunstan, Deputy Principal, Greg Atterton and many others. The highlight of our performance was the playing of the song 'Fromelles' from the musical, The Front, by Lane Hinchcliffe who was also present for the performance. We also presented this piece with the combined forces of the Concert Choir, Concert Band and Strings. While we played, we presented a 5 minute video of the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour. It was a huge event and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sharyn Roberts  as well as Ali O’Connell, Annie Kwok and Meredith Wilson for there support of our students.  

Gig@thegov “The 1990’s”

Tuesday 27th August is this year’s Gig@thegov evening. Tickets are available now at  We are all looking forward to presenting this years gig at the gov with special guests John McCall and Mark McGarry as well as an Old Scholars jazz choir, several year level rock bands as well our wonderful jazz choirs and stage bands. Dinner is available from 6pm if you book directly with Gov Hindmarsh Hotel. The show starts at 7.30 with pre-show entertainment from 7pm. See you all there!

Dance Concert

After introducing dance to our performing arts co-curricular program in 2018 through a collaboration with Ding Productions Inc and Artistic Director Jo Casson, we are so excited to promote our schools first ever Dance Concert. I am thrilled to be able to present this our 2019 Dance Concert in Wyatt Hall on Tuesday 20th August 6.30 pm with tickets available at or on the door. The concert will include the three co-curricular dance troupes, Kurrajong, Prep and MS/SS as well as other solo and small group items. Don’t miss out on this inaugural concert.


Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Coordinator of Performance and Instrumental Music Programs

The Pulteney Preptacular – ‘Storytime’


25 September 2019 6.30pm

Book your tickets to the 2019 Preptacular at the link below


Sport News
Collegiate Cup Program

You can find the Collegiate Cup program at the end of this article. 

Cancellation of Co-Curricular Sport - Inclement Weather 

When co-curricular sport practices/activities and/or matches are cancelled due to inclement weather a text message will be sent to those families affected by the decision, therefore, there is no requirement to ring school inquiring whether sport has been cancelled.  This applies to all sub-schools.  Please be aware that indoor sports/activities will likely always carry on.  The decision to cancel or not will be taken at the following times by sub-school and communicated asap after this: 

  • Kurrajong: midday 
  • Prep, Middle, Senior: 2.00pm 

Non – Compulsory Sport v Commitment  

While Pulteney has a policy of non-compulsion in co-curricular sport, this does not mean practices and games are optional.   

Far from it!  In line with one of the sports program student developed core values, commitment, attendance at practices and games is an expectation and where absence is not explained or is repeated it will be challenged.  When a student is going to be absent from a practice or game it is also an expectation that the coach will be informed via the Sports App.  Not only does this enable coaches to be able to plan and select teams effectively, it goes to helping us with duty of care and communication.  

Y7 – 11 Nominations for summer sport 

As outlined in the Week 2 edition of PR, we are moving to a bi-annual sports nomination process for Middle and Senior school students. 

Over the past two weeks students have had the opportunity to listen to a presentation outlining these changes and to ask questions.  On Thursday 15 August an email will be sent to all students, Year 7 – Year 11, and their families with details of the summer sport program which will enable them to make informed decisions. 

All summer sport seasons are now considered to run from Term 4 in the current year (2019) through to Term 1 of the following year (2020).  While a student’s team might change during this period if they enter a different year level their sport will not.  This includes the following sports: cricket, volleyball, basketball (girls), softball, tennis and rowing.  Nominations will also be asked for activities that run only in Term 1, 2020: archery, athletics, and swimming (Aikido TBC). 

The nomination for summer sports and activities will take place on Thursday 22 August (week 5) during lesson 5.  Students will nominate, via an online form, for a primary sport and, if they wish, a secondary sport.  When nominating they must be cognizant of the following guidelines which look primarily to support student wellbeing, as well as effective planning and coach recruitment: 

Step 1: ensure you understand the required commitment for each sport by carefully checking the practice and match schedule: 

  • Generally, there are two practices a week.  Some before school and some after school. 
  • There is usually one game either midweek after school or Saturday morning. 

Step 2: do you have any other co-curricular commitments, e.g. performing arts, music, debating?  Please ensure there are no conflicts:   

  • Where there is a regular and on-going conflict a choice must be made to commit to one or the other.   
  • Occasional conflicts, e.g. one-off events, can be managed through effective student communication with sports staff. 

Step 3: nominate a Primary Summer Sport and if you wish a Secondary Summer Sport or enter ‘None’ on the form: 

  • Primary Summer Sport: attendance at all practices and matches is compulsory 
  • Secondary Sport: matches must be on different days to the Primary Summer Sport.  Although attendance at ‘Secondary Sport’ training is expected, there might be a clash with a Primary Sport practice or another commitment.  It maybe that you can still play the games.  This can be discussed with Sports staff. 
  • Please indicate ‘NONE’ on the nomination form if not taking part or playing a summer sport or activity. 

Step 4: if you are unsure or have questions please speak to the sports staff…we are here to help you get the best out of the opportunities at Pulteney 

Step 5: A confirmation email will be sent to parents/caregivers confirming student nomination choices.  There is nothing further to do unless parents/caregivers do not support their child’s chosen nomination and wish to withdraw them.  In this instance an email is to be sent to 

Step 6: If a student has not nominated for a sport/activity that their parents/caregivers wish them to participate in, again an email is to be sent to 

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport


Pulteney Student at IGSSA

Each year the organising body for girls’ independent schools sport (IGSSA) select young athletes from all the participating schools in South Australia to trial for the state representative teams to play in a national competition against other Independent Girls schools from around Australia.

This year Lili Keene, year 10 student, has been selected to represent the South Australian IGSSA team for Soccer. Lili has been playing Soccer for Pulteney since year 8 and has been a very strong and enthusiastic competitor during this period. Lili has always demonstrated a keen interest in leadership, holding the Sports Captains position for Soccer in 2018 as a Middle school student. In 2019 Lili has once again shown leadership within the senior team assisting and playing with a selection of year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students who make up the Girls 1st XI Soccer team. Lili also plays for her club at Adelaide University Soccer Club, with her preferred position in the team being fullback or centre midfield. For Pulteney, Lili plays in a centre midfield position where she plays a strong roll between the attack and defence.

Lili will travel to Bowral, NSW with other students from around the state to compete in the 2019 Interstate Challenge between 27-29 September. This is a considerable achievement for Lili and I’m sure you will join me in congratulating her on this selection. Lili is our fist student to be selected to represent IGSSA in the three years since it started in 2016.

A wonderful achievement and good luck Lili when you join your teammates in September.

Glyn Watley

Sport Coordinator

Co-Curricular Sport Nominations Year 7-11

In order to facilitate more effective planning, coach recruitment, the booking of external facilities, transport logistics, competition entry and not least continuing to strive to provide an optimal experience for students, we are moving to a bi-annual sports nomination process.

Nomination for summer sports and activities will now occur in Term 3 and winter nominations in Term 1.  Students will be asked to nominate for a primary sport and, if they wish, a secondary sport and they must be cognizant of the following guidelines which look primarily to support student wellbeing:

  1. Ensure you understand the required commitment for each sport by checking the practice and match schedule carefully.  You may wish to speak to the Sports Coordinators or Program Managers to ensure you have clarity and we are here to help you get the best out of the opportunities at Pulteney.
  2. Cross reference your sport choices with any other co-curricular commitments, e.g. performing arts, music, debating to ensure there are no conflicts.
  3. Nominate a ‘Primary Summer Sport’ and if desired a ‘Secondary Summer Sport’ or enter ‘None’ on the online form.
  4. A confirmation email will be sent to parents/caregivers confirming student nomination choices.  There is nothing further to do unless parents/caregivers do not support their child’s chosen nomination and wish to withdraw them.  In this instance an email is to be sent to
  5. If a student has not nominated for a sport/activity that their parents/caregivers wish them to participate in, again an email is to be sent to

Summer Nominations 2019 – 2020

In Week 5 of Term 3 students in Years 7 – 11 will nominate for their summer sports.  As has been the previous practice in cricket, all summer sport seasons are now considered to run from Term 4 in the current year (2019) through to Term 1 of the following year (2020).  While a student’s team might change during this period as they enter a different year level,  their sport will not.  This includes the following sports: cricket, volleyball, basketball (girls), softball, tennis and rowing.

Nominations will also be asked for activities that run only in Term 1, 2020: archery, athletics, and swimming (Aikido TBC).

Winter Nominations 2020

In Week 5 of Term 1 2020 students in Year 7 – 12 will nominate for their winter sports.  The winter sport season runs throughout Terms 2 and 3.  This includes the following sports: football, netball, soccer, volleyball (Junior League and National squads), basketball (boys), hockey, cross country, winter rowing and fencing (Aikido TBC).

In the weeks prior to both nomination dates students and their families will be provided with a range of information regarding the sports available, the practice and game schedule, the expected commitment to each sport and activity, details regarding coaching, competitions entered, uniform requirements and leadership opportunities in sport. 

Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!




Sunday 18 August 12.00pm

Wild Wild West Long Lunch



Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Wednesday 27 November 7.00pm 

 Pulteney Celebrates


Parent Rep Functions

All Parent Rep function information can be found here.