From the Principal

Exciting Capital Development

As Pulteney’s Principal, I am most proud of the enduring commitment our School has to cultivating and nurturing authentic relationships.  Our Year 12 students were very clear in their recent Valedictory celebrations that they value, above all else, the people they have met and those who have supported them throughout their education journey.  Great people make a great education.  While we would all agree that a building is nowhere near as important as our human capital, I am also proud of the wonderful developments in our learning environments across our urban site.  These spaces promote belonging, are vibrant and innovative and support the wonderful relationships that exist at Pulteney.

Last week, I was delighted to announce the commencement of the next phase of our School’s Master Plan: the internal refurbishment of the Nicholls Building.  This development will provide the Performing Arts at Pulteney, an outstanding teaching and learning hub for students of all ages to discover, perform, express themselves and grow.

The building to be vacated by the Performing Arts, the Cambrell Building, will become available for refurbishment itself to allow the commencement of the planned second stage of the Centre for Senior Learning, which will support our Year 10 students to join the Year 11 and 12 students and complete the one ninety sub school.  

I thank the Deputy Principal, Mr Greg Atterton, the Head of Performance and Instrumental Music, Mr Jonathan Rice, the Property and Facilities Manager, Mr Chris Cartwright and the Business Director, Mr Garry Whitelock for their vision and planning to bring this project to life. 

Construction will commence on 4 November, with completion set for March 2020.  

Student Successes

We congratulate Year 12 student, Jake Reedman, who was presented with his medal for Senior Debater of the Year at the Debating SA Awards held last week.  At this event Jake delivered a powerful and engaging speech to young debaters from across the State, in the presence of the Governor of South Australia.  I also extend my thanks to Ms Jamie Pantsaras for attending the event to support Jake.

Pulteney’s three Tournament of Minds teams competed in the International Finals in Hobart recently and, in an unprecedented set of results, all three teams received Honours – the only South Australian school to place at the event.  I thank Mrs Sue Mavropoulos (Coordinator of Gifted and Talented) for her unstinting support of all of the students involved and also to Ms Karen Kurczak (Head of Inclusive Learning) and Ms Karen Penn (Inclusive Learning Teacher).  You can read Sue’s reflection on the event in this edition of Pulteney Review.

We congratulate Cameron Cook, Year 12, on his selection to the Young Socceroos team.  Cameron is currently travelling to Chinese Taipei to compete in the 2020 Asian Football Confederation U-19 Championship.  We look forward to watching his career progression in the coming years.

Congratulations are in order to the Pulteney Grammar Lego League Team who have been named State Finalists in the Lego League Competition held on the weekend.  The students will compete in the Australian final in Melbourne in three weeks’ time.  I also congratulate and thank Ms Georgie Buenfeld and Mr Thomas Ranieri for their support of the students’ preparations.  You can read more about this wonderful outcome in this edition of Pulteney Review.

Chapel Piano Fundraising

The Friends of Performing Arts (formerly the Friends of Music) have been thrilled with the response they have received to their fundraising efforts for a new piano in the School Chapel.  As one of the first donors, buying Middle C key, I am delighted to know FOPA are close to achieving their goal.  The response at the recent Prep Grandparents Day, Quad Café and Preptacular has been fantastic! 

If you are yet to purchase a key, I encourage you to do so.  Details can be found in this edition of Pulteney Review.

Staff News

I am pleased to announce the finalisation of the appointment of Mr Jonathon Rice to the role of Head of Performance and Instrumental Music at Pulteney Grammar School.  As many would know, Jonathon is a passionate leader in performing arts education.  We congratulate him on this appointment and look forward to his leadership in music, drama and dance in the coming years.

It gives me great pleasure to share with you the news that Mrs Sarah Nicholas (Kurrajong Teacher) and her husband Daniel are expecting their second child in 2020.  We wish them every happiness for the future.

Pulteney Celebrates

Pulteney Grammar School’s annual ceremony to celebrate the academic year will be held on Wednesday 27 November 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, commencing at 7.00pm.  Please be aware that this is one week earlier than in previous years (Week 7 rather than Week 8 of Term 4).

Attendance is required for all students in Year 9, 10, 11 and 12, and all prize winners in Kurrajong, Prep and Middle School.  Prize winners will be informed in the week beginning 4 November.  Students must be dressed in formal School Winter Uniform. 

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