Pulteney Review Week 4 Term 1

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 Quantumrun.com 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, https://www.abs.gov.au/

Pwc.com. (2016) [online] Available at: https://www.csi.edu.au/media/uploads/pwc_Australia_social_purpose_market_full_report.pdf  [Accessed 10 Jan. 2019]

Quantumrun. (2019) 2033 Predictions | Read 69 future trend forecasts for 2033 | Quantumrun.com. [online] Available at: https://www.quantumrun.com/future-timeline/2033 [Accessed 18 Feb. 2019]


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Managing Teenage Gatherings Successfully

Although celebratory gatherings offer positive experiences for teenagers, there are also some physical and emotional dangers which can be challenging for parents and caregivers to consider. To that end, it is important that parents establish boundaries and expectations around said gatherings. 

As the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA) states:

Making the decisions that are best for teenagers can sometimes be very difficult and will often cause more conflict than giving in and allowing them to engage in behaviours that they are not yet mature enough to cope with. Although seldom publicised, surveys show that most teenagers appreciate it when their parents set boundaries and establish expectations that are fairly enforced. 

Parents need to make the decisions that are in the best interests of their children and must be brave enough to maintain a decision in the face of pressure and disappointment.

Pulteney Grammar School is committed to supporting our families by providing examples of best practice regarding social gatherings. As such, we encourage you to access AISSA’s Code of Social Conduct here. This document should be used when planning celebratory gatherings, or when considering allowing students to attend them.

This document should be used in unison with open discussion between parents and families.

It is important that parents get to know their children's friends and, where possible, their parents.  Cooperation between families enables parents to feel comfortable when clarifying arrangements and helps to avoid misunderstandings about standards.

Year 10 Well Being Evening

Being a teenager can be an extremely challenging time for a young person and their family. Many aspects of their bodies, minds, emotions and relationships are changing rapidly and this can have a significant impact on them and the people who support and care for them.

2019 will see the inaugural launch of a Year 10 Parent Wellbeing Evening titled Inside the Mind of a Teenager. This evening is specifically designed to provide parents of Year 10 students with information about the teenage brain and how to best assist your child in these formative senior years of schooling. Guest speakers will include Annecke Redelinghuys, (Pulteney Grammar School Counsellor) who will outline how the biology of the teenage brain works and how this has a direct impact on their decision making. Members from Elevate Education will also join us and will discuss study and time management tips. Finally, Dr Tessa Opie (In Your Skin) will outline how secondary school students want information that goes well beyond the mere biology of sexuality to incorporate topics such as violence in relationships, pornography, and emotional and psychological preparedness. You may have recently heard Dr Opie on 891 ABC Adelaide discussing the need for more comprehensive sex and relationships education on Mornings with Deb Tribe.

Biographies for all presenters can be viewed below in this email.

We warmly invite you to join us on Thursday, 28 February at 7:00pm in Wyatt Hall for what will be an important and informative evening for you as parents as your child begins their Senior School journey.

Nicholas Brice

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Dr Tess Opie:

Dr Tessa Opie has extensive experience in education delivery and training facilitation. Dr Opie has worked as an educator across the government, not-for-profit, and private sectors, and has ongoing experience as a guest lecturer at various universities. She has expertise in discussing and exploring sensitive topics with young people in a range of settings, including mainstream schools, alternative education settings, tertiary institutions, juvenile justice facilities, and amateur and professional sporting associations, including the Australian Football League (AFL) and Port Power Community Ltd. Additionally, Dr Opie has considerable experience working with highly marginalised young people within a progressive, evidence-based, and non-judgemental framework.

Annecke Redelinghuys:

Originally from South Africa and having emmigrated to Australia almost nine years ago, Annecke has a son (26) and a daughter (28) and two beautiful grandchildren. Annecke teaches Psychology (Stage 1 and Stage 2) as well as holding the position of School Counsellor at Pulteney Grammar School.

Annecke has a thorough academic background in Psychology, Higher Education, Counselling and Life Coaching. Furthermore, in her former roles as Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Senior School, she gained extensive experience in working with middle and senior school students in terms of counselling and mentoring as well as the development of programs for disengaged students.

Annecke has a passion for working with young people and cares deeply about their wellbeing. She has done extensive research on the neurological and biological development of the adolescent brain and how it impacts on their behaviour. She therefore assists adolescents and their parents on this challenging journey into adulthood through counselling and coaching. 

Elevate Education:

Since 2001, Elevate has been transforming the way study skills programs are run across Australia. Drawing upon over fifteen years of research into the habits of the country’s top students, Elevate's high impact seminars and workshops help students improve their study techniques, increase motivation, build confidence, and lift examination performance.

Elevate’s reputation for achieving behavioural change has led the company to become an international leader in education, working with over 1500 schools and 350,000 students in the UK, USA, South Africa and Singapore.

More specific information regarding Elevate’s parent presentation can be accessed here.


Middle School
Middle School House Prefect Induction Assembly and Middle School Camp

At our first Middle School assembly of the year we inducted the 2019 Middle School House Prefects. Our Principal, Mrs Dunstan, our Deputy Principal, Mr Atterton, and the Middle School Heads of House joined us for this assembly, as did many of the parents of our student leaders. 

The assembly was run by two of our House Prefects, Harry Oates and Addi Schwartz and it began with Joaquin Velasco playing Fantasia Movement 2 by G.P Telemann on the violin and he was outstanding!

Prior to the House Prefect Induction ceremony, I briefly spoke about leadership. I emphasised that leadership is a responsibility of every individual and that leadership is not a title but a behaviour; a behaviour that demonstrates respect, care and kindness towards others.  I mentioned my belief that good leaders are generous people; people who consider others’ needs before theirs.

Our House Prefects were then presented with their badges by their Head of House and congratulated by our Principal, Mrs Dunstan. They then recited the leader’s oath.

The entire Middle School enthusiastically congratulated our new House Prefects and we look forward to their leadership throughout the year. 

The Middle School House Prefects for 2019 are:

Bleby Howard:              Gracie Smith, Harry Oates and Larissa Henshall

Cawthorne Nicholls:      Sarah De Jong, Lily Koch and Finn Boylen

Kennion Miller:             Tahlia Cahill, Madison Schubert and Henry Moseley

Moore Sunter:              Addi Schwartz, Olivia Baker and Hudson Merchant

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Middle School - Year 7 Camp

Last Wednesday I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Year 7 camp on Kangaroo Island for three days. All our students look forward to this camp, and it has become one of the most eagerly anticipated camps in our Experential Learning program. Based at Antechamber Bay and Rocky River, the camp provided the opportunity to journey across the island to experience the natural beauty and amazing coastlines of Kangaroo Island.

Camps are a wonderful way for our students continue to develop their social and emotional skills, as well as learn some new life skills. With the assistance and guidance of Outdoor Education Group (OEG), the teachers are able to support the students, and ensure that they engage in a variety of exciting and purposeful activities.

Students not only grew individually but were able to establish bonds and relationships with their peers within their House. It was a pleasure to see students collaborate and rotate through various roles such as leaders, chefs, and cleaners.

Several highlights included canoeing along the Chapman River, bush-walking through Flinders Chase National Park and exploring the coastlines of Kangaroo Island. A significant highlight for our students was the caving activity tour at Kelly Hill Caves. Students undertook an hour’s guided tour through the caves, which required teamwork, support and encouragement to assist each other through. I was lucky enough to experience this alongside Mr James Burrows’ group and saw, first-hand, students rallying around one another to support all group members through.

It was a fantastic and successful camp and I look forward to the other Middle School camps to come later this year.

Simon Sharley

Middle School Head of House Cawthorne-Nicholls


It has been an exciting time in Kurrajong as we are counting down to the opening of Stage 1 of the Nature Play Courtyard Development on Monday 25th February. The children are extremely eager to explore the new space. Thank you to the Parents and Friends of Pulteney Committee for their generous donations of purchased toys to use in the environment.

We have begun our Student Action Team Leadership Program to ensure our students enjoy a sense of agency and empowerment, and I have included information below on the aims and processes.

Our Parent information sessions on ‘Literacy in the Early Years’ will be held on Monday 25th February with two sessions available on the day, 8.30am and 5.30pm. Please see Kiri Marshall in the Kurrajong Front Office if you are interested in attending a session.

Parent Communication

Information will be regularly provided in the Pulteney Review and I encourage you to access this form of communication. The Kurrajong section will provide information on up-coming events and other relevant news.

The Seesaw Learning Platform will also provide information on the progress of your child’s learning and other important reminders.

Letters to parents will continue to be emailed; however, to help parents manage the communications from School to home, Kurrajong letters will be sent to parents on Tuesdays.

Kurrajong Student Leadership- Student Action Teams

In Kurrajong, as other sub-schools at Pulteney, we believe students have a voice and are able to make a valuable contribution to our school. It is important that students be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of Kurrajong.

Role Statement: Leaders will work with Head of Wellbeing and Head of Kurrajong to provide a collaborative and democratic approach towards achieving improvement with a range of practices in Kurrajong.

The aim is for all R-2 students to have the opportunity to be a leader throughout their time in Kurrajong. Students who are interested and also encouraged by teacher nominations will take on the responsibility and rotate through the following leadership roles: Positive Play Team Leaders, Dream Team Leaders, Tidy Team Leaders and Green Team Leaders.

Once a term individual leadership positions will change. Whilst there are different roles and levels of responsibility within each position, all positions require each student to be responsible, reliable and thorough. Importantly, each leader must reflect the values and behaviours that are the essence of Kurrajong.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions that you may have.

Natalie Natsias

Acting Head of Kurrajong

Time to Talk

With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing symptoms of mental illness each year, it is little wonder there is a growth in government funded initiatives and global campaign strategies aimed at increasing awareness and reducing stigma associated with mental health. Whilst there has been a significant increase in service use by children and adolescents with mental disorders since the millennium (Australian Institute of Family Studies, 2016) there are still many out there too afraid to talk.

Thursday the 7th of February was National Time to Talk Day in the United Kingdom, a campaign designed to encourage conversations about mental health. By supporting more people to talk about mental health, we can help break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and reduce stigma.

As a parent, it can sometimes be challenging to talk to your children about mental health and general wellbeing. I wanted to share with you a post I came across online which outlines some excellent conversation starers you may like to use with your children in the future:

Chris Clements

School Psychologist


Sports Day

Parents and friends are invited to join our middle and senior school students as they compete for House glory in our revamped program.  Such was the success of last year’s introduction of the ‘In It to Win It’ program that we have expanded the range of activities in which students can represent their house, be physically active and not least have fun in a more relaxed and participatory atmosphere.  Our traditional and highly competitive ‘Championship’ program will run as normal, and no doubt we will witness some amazing athletics performance, complete with records being broken.

This is a compulsory event for all students, Years 7 to 12 and all students are encouraged to participate in either the ‘Championship’ program (if selected) or the ‘In It to Win It’ program – there are multiple events that suit everyone.

Students must arrive at their House area (tent) by 8.30am, where the roll will be taken.

Sports Day starts at 8.50am with a short ceremony including prayer, reading of the Olympic Oath and singing of the National Anthem.  For the duration of the day, students are not permitted to leave the Parklands without permission from a Head of House.  There is easy access to toilets throughout the day on The Parklands.

Students are to wear their house shirts, Pulteney sport shorts and white socks.  Appropriate footwear must be worn during all events and spikes can be borrowed from the Sports Department.  We ask that students approach Sports Department staff before Sports Day and not on the day if they wish to do this.   Hats are compulsory and must be worn.  Students are encouraged to apply sunscreen before arriving at Sports Day and to apply regularly throughout the day from supplies in their House area.  Students may also wish to apply coloured zinc and colour their hair in their House colours.  We do ask that this is completed at home and not brought to the event.

It is also recommended that students bring two water bottles (water will be available in House areas), recess, lunch and a cool bag to store them.  There will be no access to the canteen during the day.  Food and beverages will though be available during the day courtesy of Friends of Pulteney.

The parent, family and friend’s spectator and hospitality tent will this year be set up near the track finish line track offering an up-close view of the action.

A program for the day can be found here.

We look forward to what promises to be another fantastic day of competition. 

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport

Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!




Friday 22 February 6.00pm

Celebrating 20 Years of Co-education

Sunday 24 February 10am-12pm

Tree Climb with the Venture Club (All students Years 7-12)

Monday 25 February 5pm-6pm OR

Wednesday 27 February 6pm-7pm OR

Thursday 28 February 9am-10am

Parent Information Sessions - Pulteney's Sport Program



Thursday 7 March

Senior School Sports Day

Friday 8 March

Junior School Sports Day

Friday 29 March

Navy Blue Formal



Thursday 23 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 24 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Saturday 25 May

PGS Production of Wicked

Friday 31 May

Chic and Champagne



Sunday 18 August 12.00pm

Wild Wild West Long Lunch



Friday 22 November 11.30am

The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day



Parent Rep Functions

All Parent Rep function information can be found here.


Details for the following events are in the attachments below

Year 2 Dads Night Out - Friday 15 March

Year 2 Mums Night Out -  Friday 15 March

5V Gathering Sunday - 3 March



2018 Year 12 Cohort

Congratulations to the 2018 Year 12 class on their outstanding results. It is always pleasing to see the success of our graduates in relation to tertiary offers and graduate pathways and this year is no different. It was wonderful to see such a large number of students receive offers for tertiary study, with over 90% receiving either their first or second preference. It is also terrific to see students choose to broaden their horizons by taking a GAP year to travel or gain employment.

Below is a list of the university offers our 2018 cohort received. In addition to The University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, students received offers from interstate universities including The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, Curtin University, Monash University, The Australian Catholic University, The University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, University of Newcastle and RMIT. I wish all of the 2018 Year 12 cohort every success as they continue their ‘life’ journey!

Visual / Creative Arts – 8 students  

Design, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Creative Arts, Music                                                          

Arts/Media – 8 students

Arts (Advanced), Communication & Media, Journalism, Marketing

Business – 8 students

Business, Commerce, Finance/Economics, Construction Management                                      

Education – 3 students

Engineering - 5 students

Chemical, Biomedical & Mechanical   

Health / Medicine - 17 students

Medicine, Medical Radiation, Human Movement, Health Science, Medical Science, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology                                

Information Technology – 3 students

Law - 7 students

Psychology / Social Work - 4 students

Science - 5 students

Mathematical Science, Science (Advanced), Space Science, Environmental & Animal Science

UNSW visit

Last week I was invited to attend the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Career Advisers’ Days in Sydney. Throughout the two days, I was able to gain information on their admissions processes, accommodation options, course requirements and study abroad opportunities plus hear about some of the amazing degrees they have on offer and the research being undertaken. I look forward to sharing this with our senior students when they come to speak with me about interstate study options. If you or your child would like to explore UNSW further, you will find information at https://www.unsw.edu.au/ or you can encourage your child to make a time to come and speak with me.

Year 11 Work Experience: 24 – 28 June 2019

All Year 11 students will undertake Work Experience this year. Students and parents have been given information about this and it is now important that placements are finalised as soon as possible. Once a placement has been sorted, students are required to complete and submit an online ‘Application for Work Experience placement’ form, with details of the placement, no later than Thursday 28 February (Week 5).

Work Experience assistance requested

Work Experience is an excellent opportunity for our students to ‘get a feel’ for an industry or occupation to assist them to make some decisions about their own suitability to such a career. I currently have a database of workplaces that have previously accepted Pulteney students for Work Experience. However, as the school grows in numbers, and the difficulty of organising placements increases, I am always looking to expand the database to provide the best possible opportunities for our students. If you work in an area where you would be able to offer a placement to a Year 11 Pulteney student, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me either via email at Leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au, or by phone on 82165553.

Year 11 and 12 Career Breakfast – Wednesday 15 May

This week, Year 11 and 12 students received an invitation to attend the 2019 Career Breakfast, being held in Wyatt Hall at 7am on Wednesday 15 May. The breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for our senior students to talk with a mentor who works, and/or studies, in an industry area they have nominated as one of their potential future career interest areas, and for the students to listen to the mentor’s story, ask questions, exchange contact details for possible future mentoring purposes and to gain first-hand information from the people who know. If you have a child in Year 11 or 12, please encourage them to give this event serious consideration. If you, as an employer or employee, would like to be involved in attending the breakfast, to talk with, and mentor our senior students, please contact me at leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au.

Career Expos and Open Days

There are several Career Expos held throughout the year and I would strongly encourage you and your child to attend any that are of interest, especially if you are wanting to explore post-schooling options with your child. Two expos I am currently aware of are the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo, which will be held on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 April at the Adelaide Convention Centre (www.careersevent.com.au), and the National Careers and Employment Expo which will be held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May at the Adelaide Showgrounds (www.eocexpo.com.au). In addition to these, all of the major SA universities and TAFE will hold Open Days later in the year and several faculty areas within the universities will also hold individual Open Days. These will be advertised to students as dates become available.

2019 ANU Information Session

On Tuesday 5 February, a representative from the Australian National University presented to our Year 12 students about the opportunities available at ANU and changes to the admissions process for 2020. For further information about the new admissions process, please go to: http://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/admission-scholarships-and-accommodation.

The presentation also informed the students of several scholarship opportunities, including the prestigious Tuckwell scholarship. Applicants for the Tuckwell Scholarship need to be able to demonstrate a desire and determination to use their natural skills and abilities to make a positive difference in the world. The scholarship program focuses on giving back to Australia and opens on March 4. For further information, go to http://tuckwell.anu.edu.au/.

Research Project Winner

Samuel Button, current Year 12 student, was one of 15 students from across the state to win a place at the SAHMRI Research Project ‘Masterclass’, held in December 2018, at the state-of-the-art SAHMRI research facility on North Terrace. The masterclass was a unique experience for the winners, who came together and listened to presentations from world renowned scientists, Dr Laura Weyrich from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, and Dr Mike Musker, from the Mind and Brain Clinical Research Centre, who both presented on their current research. In addition, the students participated in hands-on laboratory experiences, in fields relating to their Research Projects. The day provided Samuel with insight into a career as a researcher and he found it a “very Interesting and informative” opportunity and a worthwhile experience.

FUTURES websites

Pulteney has two ‘futures’ websites, which provide a range of career information to students. The first one, which can be found at https://www.pulteneyfutures.com/, contains information on all things ‘careers’, including job seeking skills, career exploration tools and post-schooling study links, plus links to other career and ‘future’ relevant websites. The second website, https://sites.google.com/view/pulteney-futures, has more specific information about the work experience and VET programs available at Pulteney, plus a ‘useful links’ tab to assist students in exploring possible future career areas. In addition to contacting me, I would encourage you and your child to explore these websites when you are seeking ‘FUTURES’ information.

Entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Oral Health and other health related areas (UCAT)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programs. The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020). The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. 

A number of organisations offer UCAT preparation courses, and details of these courses have been emailed to senior students and are also available in the Futures Office. Many of these courses are very expensive, and students are encouraged to thoroughly research the programs on offer before they decide which course, if any, they wish to complete.

Registration for the UCAT opens in March and closes on 17 May. The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test, delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, consisting of five separately timed subtests, each of which contains a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. Test dates are available on the UCAT website. For a listing of universities requiring the UCAT, please go to: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/universities/.  For more details about the UCAT, go to https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/.

ATO Tax File Number (TFN) Applications

A tax file number (TFN) is a unique nine-digit number issued to individuals and organisations to help administer tax and other Australian Government systems. Students need a TFN before they can start paid work and/or to access the Government supported HECS-HELP program to financially support university study. In 2014, the Australian Taxation Office changed the process for students applying for a TFN and schools are no longer able to process these application forms. The new process involves students completing an online application form and then visiting an Australia Post Office outlet to have their identity verified. For further information and to apply for a TFN, students need to visit https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/

University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night - Thursday 23 May, 6 – 7.30pm

Students in Years 10 -12 who are interested in exploring science, technology, maths and engineering careers are encouraged to attend the University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night on Thursday 23 May. Academics and current students will talk about their experiences and emerging career opportunities. For further information and to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/adelaide-stem-careers-night-tickets-55676240133.

Light refreshments will be provided.

2018 Competition winner

Congratulations to James Anderson, who won a double pass to the Tree Climb by subscribing to the Flinders University Explorer magazine for students. The magazine includes lots of useful information for students about courses, graduate success stories and new opportunities provided through Flinders University. I would certainly encourage all students to subscribe via the website (https://www.flinders.edu.au/), if they are interested in exploring their post-schooling options… and they might even win a prize!

If you have any questions concerning careers or related topics, please feel free to contact me on leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au or 8216 5553. 

Have a great week! 

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures


Performing Arts
What a start to 2019!

The beginning of 2019 has been quite frantic with getting the choirs and ensembles up and running as well as timetabling individual 1:1 music lesson for 17 music tutors with over 240 students. I must thank our Performing Arts Administrator, Ali O’Connell, who has put in a massive effort to get the individual lessons organised as quickly as possible. It is a huge undertaking with many moving parts and huge complexities. Ali has done an incredible job and on behalf of Pulteney Grammar, I thank her.

Special thanks also to all the students who are members of the various bands, ensembles and choirs. This program involved hundreds of students with many students becoming members of different bands and choirs for the first time.

For those new to our Pulteney Community, if you have a child who is not in a band, choir or ensemble and you think they should be, please email me at: Jonathon.rice@pulteney.sa.edu.au

Also, if you have been thinking about your child learning an instrument or taking voice lessons, now is a great time to get this going for the year. If need guidance or information about how we offer instrumental and vocal lessons please see the school website then the community drop box, Music, Instrumental Music FAQ. If further information is required, please don’t hesitate to email or call me.

It would be a pleasure to seek out your child and see if we can get them into one of our musical groups this term.


The 2019 school production of Wicked – The Musical, is hard at work, having started rehearsing at the end of the school holidays. We have a very talented cast of 47 students and a highly capable production team all focussed on bringing their significant talents together for this huge show, and so far, everything is looking very good. Information regarding tickets will be released soon. Watch this space!

Guest Artists

On Friday night (15/2/18), the 2019 ANZAC Commemorative Tour group attended a performance of Hallowed Ground, the story of Australian war medical doctors who served in WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Iraq, based on the book by PGS parent,  Dr Susan Neuhaus. On Monday the 18th the two drivers and half the cast of the show came to Pulteney to work with our current Yr 11 and 12 drama students and to take them through the process of book -to- script -to play -to performance. Helen Hopkins and Carolyn Bock were so generous with their time and knowledge and showed their passion for acting and the performing arts. I thank them both for being with us here at Pulteney and wish them well with their plans to tour the show in the future.

Music and Drama Leaders

As part of the student leadership process, held at the end of 2018, it is with great pleasure I inform you of the Senior Captains in Performing Arts are:

Co-Captains of Music – Paige Cowles and Nicholas Hassan

Co-Drama Captains – Lucy Johnson and Chelsea Goodes

I would also like to take this opportunity of congratulating the following students for accepting offers of leadership positions within the following ensembles. They are:

Stage Band 1 Leader - Jordan Cirocco

Concert Band - Hugh Radbone

Senior String Ensemble - Zach Nicholls

Senior Concert Choir - Lucy Johnson

Grammarphones - Scarlett Eldridge and James Anderson

Jazz on the Terrace - Jake Reedman

(Dance Captain TBC)

I know that all these student leaders will do wonderful things in supporting both the members of the various groups as well as their directors.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

If you are intending to place your child into Out of School Hours Care (OSHC), please be aware the 2019 Annual Application form is due before or on the day care

This form needs to be completed every year, as it covers new information about regulations, information about our service, and Child Care Subsidy requirements.

If you need a 2019 Annual Application form, please visit OSHC in person, on the website or email alice.flynn@pulteney.sa.edu.au to receive a copy.

In addition to this, to receive your Child Care Subsidy, it is a requirement that you sign in or out on the iPads.

If you receive a confirmation message on the iPads, this was because your child was not signed out by a parent or caregiver in the previous session.

You will need to either alter or confirm the sign out time, so that you can receive your Child Care Subsidy.