From the Principal
Term three is always filled with events that enable our students to shine!
Pulteney students have had exceptional experiences and outstanding results in the Collegiate Cup, ABODA Music Competition, Balaklava Eisteddfod, Book Week Parades and activities, STEAM Week (celebrating all things Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), World Scholars’ Cup, Gig@theGov... and we are only in Week 6!
We are very proud of all of our students’ achievements. You can read all about these experiences in this and upcoming editions of Pulteney Review, as well as updates on the School’s vibrant Facebook page.
We are thrilled to celebrate the ongoing successes of our music students and ensemble staff at the ABODA SA Festival. Senior Strings, Stage Bands 1 and 2, Drum Corps and Percussion Ensemble all achieved second placings in their field - wonderful achievements for a large group of very dedicated students.
The String Quartet achieved Gold and won Overall Champion; anyone who has had the privilege of hearing this group of talented musicians will not be surprised! The Concert Band also achieved Gold and Overall Champion; a fabulous result for these devoted students against an outstanding field.
Congratulations to all!
Winter Collegiate Cup
The Collegiate Cup was in full swing throughout last week and over the weekend. The great spirit with which all Pulteney and Scotch teams played was wonderful to witness and I have been most impressed with the support our students have shown one another, attending games and cheering on their peers once their own fixtures had concluded. I also thank all parents and Old Scholars who came out to show their support – on many occasions, the Pulteney contingent was of a significant size! The final result was Pulteney 5½ Scotch 6½.
I extend my thanks to Head of Sport, Mr Huw Bowen, and the coordinators and coaches of the winter sports for their efforts throughout the season.
There were many highlights in all sports throughout the winter season. I look forward to celebrating the achievements of our students in both the summer and winter sports seasons at the Sports Dinner coming up on 13 September, 6.30pm, at the Sage Hotel.
The White Party
It was a pleasure to come together socially with parents, staff, Old Scholars and community supporters to raise funds for the School via the Pulteney Foundation at the White Party held on Saturday 18 August. I extend my appreciation to the Community Relations Team, staff across all areas of the school and the many parents, friends and volunteers who provided support in numerous ways. I thank all who so generously donated time, effort or goods to ensure the success of the silent and loud auctions and the lottery.
It was a fabulous night!
We congratulate Art Teacher, Ms Lauren Sutter, a finalist in the Kennedy Prize for visual art - one of the richest in Australian art circles. Lauren is a talented artist and a passionate educator, and we are so fortunate to have her on our staff at Pulteney. We wish her every success!
I write to inform you that the position for Learning Area Leader – Mathematics has recently been advertised. Mr Mark Webber (Learning Area Leader - Mathematics) informed me a little while ago that he would relinquish this position and work part time in 2019. As many would know, Mark has recently become a grandfather (twice!) and is enjoying spending important and precious time with his family while continuing to teach mathematics to our Middle and one ninety students. Mark has provided leadership to the Mathematics faculty since 2001 (acting in the role two years prior, as well as in 1994). I take this opportunity to thank Mark for his dedication and hard work and significant contribution to Pulteney Grammar.
Mr Mark Barnett has informed the School of his resignation effective at the conclusion of this year. Mark has been on leave from Pulteney during 2018, teaching at Our Lady of Sacred Heart College and is planning on continuing there in 2019. Mark was appointed to the role of Chemistry/Science Teacher in 2002 and throughout his time at Pulteney, he has made significant contributions not only in Science but to the broader life of the school. His passion and dedication in supporting our students in a range of endeavour, whether Cross Country, football umpiring, German exchange and cultural trips and through his Tutor Group responsibilities, have been appreciated. Many will remember Mark’s humour and wit at weekly staff meetings and his performances in music and the dramatic arts. He has been a dedicated and very connected member of our school community with the best interests of the students at heart. We wish Mark every happiness and success for the future.
Mr Stewart Smith (Sports Coordinator) has informed me that he will be resigning from his position at the conclusion of Term 3. Whilst he has only been with us at Pulteney since the commencement of this year, Stewart has made a tangible impact on the coordination of the revised co-curricular sports program. I thank Stewart for his collaborative approach and his engagement. We wish him well as he takes up his first teaching appointment at another school next term.