From the Principal

The world that I grew up in is very different to that of today

And so it should be!  The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, stated: ‘the only thing that is constant is change’.

  • In 1970, just after I was born, the retention rate of students in Australian schools from Year 7 to Year 12 was 28%, whereas in 2017, the retention rate was 84.8%.
  • In 1980, around the time when I concluded my primary schooling, Australia’s population was 14,690,000. In 2018, it was 24,772,247.
  • In 1987 when I commenced university studies, the total number of students enrolled in higher education was just under 400,000; in 2016 this was as high as 1,457,209.

The challenges and opportunities our young people face in an ever-changing social, cultural and economic environment must be at the forefront of our thinking, planning and our actions, right now.  It has been predicted by some futurists that the first humans expected to live to 150 may have already been born!

Our youngest students in the Early Learning 3-year-old program in Kurrajong will be concluding their schooling with us in 2033, a year in which predict:

  • Injectable brain implants may allow scientists to alter neurons to treat brain damage. 
  • Telepathic communication may become possible with the help of computers. 
  • World population forecast to reach 8,706,032,000. 
  • World sales of electric vehicles to reach 15,146,667. 

Amazing!  However, in amongst this flux of change, it is vital that we never lose sight of our purpose in nurturing and educating young people.  To inspire and excite young learners through knowing them, their passions and their circumstances is one of the greatest privileges I can imagine, and I am particularly proud of our dedicated and highly skilled staff at Pulteney who make this happen, each and every day. 

Our students, no matter their age, are creative, inquisitive and capable.  What a joy it is to support their learning.  I know they will have an incredible impact on our future.

Anne Dunstan



Australian Bureau of Statistics, (2016) [online] Available at:  [Accessed 10 Jan. 2019]

Quantumrun. (2019) 2033 Predictions | Read 69 future trend forecasts for 2033 | [online] Available at: [Accessed 18 Feb. 2019]