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Pulteney Review Week 6 Term 3

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.

ABODA Success

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!

Staff Announcements

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.

Anne Dunstan


From the Deputy Principal
“In Profile”  August 2018

I am fortunate to work with staff who are dynamic, highly committed educators, dedicated to exploring best teaching practices and genuinely interested in the welfare of each student entrusted to their care. Over the coming terms, I hope you enjoy learning a little more about the members of the Teaching and Learning Committee as we profile different staff each fortnight. 

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

Dan Crane – Learning Area Leader, Humanities 

Favourite Things to Do: Running, Cooking, Listening to Music, and spending time playing games like Snakes & Ladders and MarioKart with my wife, Stacey and my son, Jack…some of these things are combined!

Down Time: Besides the above, watching Football (Soccer) and Football (AFL), I love a good autobiography of a musical hero as well!

Favourite Food: Cheese

Favourite Sport: Football…’Soccer’ and AFL.

Favourite OS destination: Copenhagen, Denmark…just!

Other Interests: I love to do a bit of creative writing and wine tasting in the McLaren Vale is a nice way to spend an afternoon

Recent Movie Favourites: Incredibles 2, Paddington 2, Dunkirk and Black Panther.

Favourite Books: About a Boy, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, 1984

Recommended Viewing: Line of Duty (UK Police series)

What led to your interest in Humanities?

I have always been interested in this amazing world in which we live….as long as I can remember my love for Humanities has been this way. As a consequence of moving between England and Australia several times in my life, along with other travels, the need to know what is going on, and why, has only become increasingly important to me.

Although Geography is what I prefer to teach, I adore and appreciate all the Humanities subjects, and personally love reading Historical texts. A wise mentor of mine always said that you can’t be a great Geographer without being a Historian and vice versa….and I still live by that today! There are also the connections between Humanities and other areas, such as Urban Design….I’m amazed by some of the brilliant structures humans can create, and the way they make people feel. Psychogeography is a fascinating field.

Did you always want to become a teacher?

I had the choice of studying Architecture or Journalism when I completed Year 12 back in the early 1990s, but was concerned by the lack of career prospects in the short-mid-term.  So, as a start, I studied a Bachelor of Arts and majored in Population Geography, Modern American History and Media. I always wanted to return to England where I had lived as a young child, so then completed a Grad Dip Ed….the love of my subjects and a willingness to help others learn motivated me, as well as the career opportunities for me to live in England. I moved to London in early 1999 and stayed there for 7 years, teaching for 5 and a half of these.

How has your career progressed?

I taught in various places in London and England from 1999 to late 2004.  I spent the last two years at a fantastic School for Boys in North London called Finchley Catholic. I then had the opportunity to recruit and provide professional development for other Australian-trained teachers, and felt like a new challenge. This also allowed me to move back to Melbourne, Australia in 2006/07 where I set up an office for the same company in the Rialto in the CBD.  I was going to return to England but then fell in love with my future wife, moved back to Adelaide and worked as an Education Consultant for the Department of Transport, Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI…now known as DPTI).

Here I worked for almost 5 years, with other seconded roles for Sustainability Victoria and in the Strategic Planning team at the city of Port Adelaide Enfield. Whilst studying a Post Grad in Urban Planning, which I loved, I also discovered that I missed teaching ( I was working with international students). So, in 2013, I returned and enjoyed 3 brilliant years at Heathfield High School, a progressive and successful school in the Adelaide Hills. Whilst amazing, particularly the pride I had in leading the senior school in 2015, the opportunity to join Pulteney in late 2015 was too good an opportunity to pass up.  I have adored working for Pulteney ever since – I am a very lucky teacher to be here!

What have been the highlights of working at Pulteney?

The way in which I have met and worked with amazing people throughout the school, everybody is passionate about their role and what’s clear is the way people support each other. Personally, I have found that I have learnt so much….a key point to teaching that I will reiterate further later.

The ultimate ‘highlight’ without a doubt is the students. Besides the range of talents, the kindness and humour that they constantly present, I really do feel that they are fantastic custodians for the future of our planet. And as a father of a 6 year old son, this makes me feel very happy indeed.

Personally, the field trips in Geography and Tourism (both short and day long) have been brilliant as per the photo below with my lovely Year 12 Tourism class, but the best experience overall has been coaching the 2nd eleven Football (soccer) in the past two years, after a fun year coaching the Middle A girls in 2016.  I also can’t comment about highlights without mentioning the amazing experience of getting to know the wonderful young adults that comprise CN12 over the past three years.

What are you excited about?

All of the cross curricular learning  activities across the school, and how Humanities can collaborate with other learning areas even more specifically, and also other initiatives such as the Year 6 visit to Canberra….along with the opportunities for subject specific excursions and field trips to expand even further

Further developments to the schools learning spaces are also going to be intriguing…. there have already been so many brilliant changes in the school’s learning spaces and the evolution of PGS beyond 2018 is something that will be enjoyed by all in the years to come!

What would be your best career advice to a beginning teacher?

Ensure that you continue to learn - the best teachers should always have the desire to learn more.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the necessary, but on occasions, tiresome and time demanding admin in our profession, whilst also ensuring effective delivery of ACARA and SACE curriculum…so try to get support with the admin (teachers love to help others) and remember that with regards to the curriculum, ensure that it works for you, rather than the other way around.

Most importantly though, get to know your colleagues (both staff and students and families).  A school community is a huge resource and so pivotal to success… and building relationships is a key way to becoming part of it, so embrace opportunities to mingle, especially co-curricular!

What does Humanities learning mean to you?

Humanities is about our amazing world in which we live.  To me it is imperative that all people have an appreciation and some understanding of this…otherwise we are inclined to not evolve as we should. There are some serious challenges ahead such as adapting and dealing with Climate Change and we need to be ready and understanding of these.

It is no coincidence that many of the world’s leaders in politics, business and entrepreneurship have a humanities background. And so many professions require a strong background in Humanities for an individual to be successful…some of these aren’t as obvious as you think. For example, students studying Pharmacology/Health Sciences  will come across geo-spatial related population data to understand where health-related needs exist and to subsequently determine effective policy and strategies.

In future years, I believe that education will become even more holistic and the core knowledge, concepts and skills in Humanities will be absolutely essential!

Dan Crane

Learning Area Leader, Humanities 

Whole School Student anti-bullying and harassment policy

I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some excerpts from our whole school student anti-bullying policy launch on August 21.

“We are Pulteney – we are a school that puts us, the students, at the heart of everything we do. We are a school that seeks to inspire a passion for learning. We are a school that honours our history and tradition but is forward thinking and works at putting you at the heart of everything we do.

Empathy is at the root of enhances our unique community values and relationships. Each and every one of you is cared about. Each and every one of us matters. Our school, of which we should be justifiably proud of, aspires to be a place where each of us contributes to in making it a supportive, encouraging and welcoming environment where we are able to learn and actively build our own futures. We all have a role to play in this.

We are Pulteney – we are all in this journey together. Our School places relationships at the centre of who we are. We believe that positive, meaningful relationships with each other, students and staff is the basis of better outcomes for all of us.

Our Christian tradition states from the Gospel of Luke: “Luke 6:31 “Do to others what you would want them to do to you.”

Not every relationship always goes the way we would like. Sometimes our words and actions can cause harm to others. When this occurs, we need to acknowledge that, and work on restoring that relationship. If we need support and guidance with this, it will be provided and encouraged.

As a community, we also need to be clear that there is a line with this. If our words and actions are repeated and involves a misuse of power – it can be bullying.

Pulteney defines bullying as:

“repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons, leaving them feeling annoyed, uncomfortable, embarrassed or hurt.”

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. As a community that values positive relationships, we cannot allow bullying to occur. It goes against the values of our school and can have serious consequences for those involved.

Bullying is not normal behaviour, bullying is not acceptable behaviour, we all have a role to play. We all set the culture and climate for our school. We do not build ourselves up by knocking others down. Before we make a choice, we stop, we think, we act and we remember that we are all in this together.”

I would sincerely like to thank the students and staff who were involved in the formation of this policy, and those who led the presentation at the whole school assembly. It was great to see a range of students across our school from Kurrajong, Prep, Middle School and oneninety present at the assembly via a variety of mediums. Our Principal, Anne Dunstan also presented a video message to open the assembly, which I know the students appreciated.

In conjunction with a range of students, we will be spending time exploring how each sub school can continue to build our school community. I look forward to keeping the Pulteney community updated with our continued focus and communication of this important message. I encourage you to have a conversation with you child/children about the assembly last Tuesday and the key messages for them.

Steven McCulloch

Head of Student Wellbeing


Parent Student Teacher Interview
Parent Teacher Student Meetings

At the end of last term parents of secondary students (7 – 12) received a copy of their child’s academic report where information regarding student progress was communicated.

This term, parents of students in Years 7 - 12 will also have the opportunity to schedule a meeting with their child’s subject teachers where information regarding student progress will be discussed in greater detail. Students are encouraged to attend Parent Teacher Student Meetings and participate in the discussion about their learning across a variety of curriculum areas.

Middle School and one ninety Parent Teacher Student Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday 4 September (4.00pm to 8.30pm) and Wednesday 12 September (4.00pm to 8.30pm).

Further information pertaining to the online booking system was provided last week, via email.

Parent Teacher Student Meetings provide an important opportunity for teachers and parents to work in partnership to support our students in their academic endeavours. Furthermore, it is a time to celebrate achievements, identify strengths and develop strategies that will lead to further improvement and success. Educators have known for some time that students are more likely to be successful, gain a strong sense of purpose and experience success, when they are engaged in tasks that they are passionate about. The opportunity to regularly engage our students in meaningful conversations about their learning will not only serve to support their progress academically but help to identify their passions, leading to the pursuit of their chosen career.

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

Performing Arts
The Trench

Pulteney Grammar School is proud to present its 2018 Year 12 Drama production: the Australian premiere of 'The Trench'.

Written by Oliver Lansley, 'The Trench' is inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. As the horror threatens to engulf Herbert, he discovers another world beneath the mud and death. Setting off on an epic journey of salvation and guided by the ghosts of his past, the boundaries between reality and fantasy blur as he questions what’s real, what’s not and whether it even matters. Our audience will be immersed into a world of physical storytelling, verse, puppetry and live music, and explore the sacrifices we make for life and love. 

There are four performances at the Bakehouse Theatre (Angas St, Adelaide) next week. Tickets have been selling very well, with three performances already sold out – but limited seats are available to our opening night, Wednesday 5th September. Please visit Trybooking to secure your seats today: If you’d like to follow the cast’s journey and go behind the scenes, please viist their Facebook event page:  

Pulteney Wine Makers

After 18 months of intense tender loving care and lots of science, the release of this much anticipated student produced wine has arrived.

Countless lunchtimes, a few science lessons, and the occasional before and after school session have been used by this Year 11 and 12 science extension student group to explore the science of winemaking in a very hands-on way. Under the guidance of part-time chief winemaker and Laboratory Manager David Schultz, this group of keen Year 11 and 12 science students has explored topics such as density measurement and hydrometry, acidity / pH and its measurement and adjustment, oxidation and its control, and distillation but to name a few, in a far more detailed way than is possible in the classroom. At the same time they have made approximately 250 bottles of fine Shiraz wine.

The Pulteney Wine Makers is a voluntary group of science students from years 10, 11 and 12 who are given the opportunity every 2 years to investigate the science of winemaking in their spare time (rather than lesson time) and to make bottled wine. They do all of their own grape and wine processing, and all analytical and quality control procedures. Whether the wine succeeds or fails depends on their collective diligence and technical science ability.

In 2017, 21 students took up the challenge. In early March they ventured to the McLaren Vale vineyard of Steve and Julie Tunstill to pick 300 Kg 0f Shiraz grapes. (Once again we express our great appreciation to Steve and Julie for allowing the ‘invasion’ of their vineyard by Pulteney students to pick bunches of grapes, as well as donating them to the Pulteney Wine Makers). 

Once the grapes were back at school, the students were split into 5 production groups with each looking after their own 20% share of the grapes and eventually wine. Pulteney Science is fortunate having its own secure laboratory exclusively put aside for winemaking study and production. The first month of grape handling and wine production was a very busy time. Destemming and crushing followed by fermentation with its associated need for constant mixing and temperature control meant all hands on deck for daily (including weekends) production and analysis activities. The very pleasant fruity aroma of fermenting grape ‘must’ permeated through the Science Wing and nearby areas of the campus.

Once fermentation and initial separation of skins, pulp and seeds from young wine was complete, the pace slowed allowing all concerned to relax a little and to take a deep breath. A suite of advanced chemical analyses and quality control procedures were performed over the next 12 months. As a side activity, students particularly enjoyed investigating some of the fascinating properties of liquid nitrogen and solid carbon dioxide (used in winemaking as a source of oxygen free atmosphere to surround the maturing wine).

Bottle label design saw many ideas and concepts put forward and discussed. Lara Candy’s concept of the historic roofline of the Nicholls Building was adopted, with her detailed initial drawings providing a solid base for the label design team of Lara, Joseph Ninio and Patrick Milewski to develop to completion. This concept proved very timely with 2018 seeing the Middle School move out of the historic Nicholls Building to new state of the art educational facilities. Pulteney’s 170th anniversary is also recognised.

The 2017/2018 Pulteney Wine Makers are very proud to now offer the result of their almost 2 year science exploration to the Pulteney Community. The Shiraz wine is of a very high quality and early indications are that at the price being asked ($12 per bottle) is a genuine bargain. All proceeds will go to covering the material costs of wine production and towards equipment purchases for future Wine Makers and Pulteney science focus groups. Details of how you can purchase some of this limited edition bottled wine appear at the end of this newsletter.

 Pulteney Wine Makers  2017/2018

Jordan Buttery
Olivia Cameron
Lara Candy
Lachlan Casey
John Cavender
Anthony Lucas
James Mellor
Alexander Mifsud
Patrick Milewski
Anna Molony
Isabelle Munir
Zoe Natsias
Zach Nicholls
Joseph Ninio
Natasha Perrott
Josh Pledge
Isabella Rigda
Callum Rowett
Alana Shahin
Erica Turner
Emily Young

David Schultz

Pulteney Wine Makers Coordinator      


STEAM Week 2018

Last week saw the inaugural launch of the Pulteney Grammar STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Week. In previous years, we have celebrated Science Week at this time. However, this year the Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies Learning Areas worked together to create a program that integrated a range of learning experiences for our students. By the end of our planning, we had discovered that the Arts had also joined in on the act, as visiting authors and writing competitions complemented the plethora of activities on offer over the week.

Guest Lectures and Forums

The week commenced with a guest lecture for 190 students from Sam and Anna Hodge who both work at Rising Sun Pictures. Rising Sun Pictures operates on Pulteney Street and is Adelaide’s own little piece of Hollywood. This company creates special effects and animations for some of the world’s biggest motion pictures, including Thor Ragnarok and Logan just to name two! Anna, who is the Manager of Training and Education, spoke to the senior students about the training programs offered by the company, which lead directly to employment opportunities in Adelaide. Sam, who is the Senior Pipeline Technical Director and has won two Academy awards, spoke about the importance of developing problem-solving skills and not being afraid to fail. He said that most of the special effects he creates are developed out of many spectacular fails. It is the continual cycle of testing and improving that eventually leads to the amazing effects we take for granted on the big screen. It was a powerful message to all our budding scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.

Deborah Abela worked with all Prep students on the Wednesday of STEAM Week, bringing with her the Arts component of STEAM. Deborah is an acclaimed Australian author who has written many novels, including The Stupendous Spelling Bee, Meet Teresa and the Max Remy series. Scientific themes relating to climate change inspired Deborah to write two novels, Grimsdon and New City. A third novel in this series is due out in the near future. Year 5 students read Grimsdon as part of an integrated unit on factors affecting where humans choose to live. This made her visit an extra special treat, as both Year 5 and 6 students were very familiar with this novel. Deborah shared with our students her love of story-telling and her life as a professional writer.

A Girls in Tech Forum was also held on Wednesday for all Year 9 girls. The forum was made up of women from a wide range of businesses and government organisations. It was hosted by Beth Worrall, National Skills Program Lead from Microsoft, and the panelists included Hannah Bottos from PrimeQ, Ania Karzek from Department of Human Services, Judy Halliday from TechInSA and Sarah Mason from the Attorney General’s Department. These women shared their experiences of working in the Tech Industry. Their message was clear – the Tech Industry does not just employ programmers. They require people with many different skills sets and are actively looking to attract women to join their ranks. Currently the Tech workforce is male dominated, with women making up only 18% of the total workforce. The girls were given lots of opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about forging careers in this exciting new industry.

Classroom Activities

Kurrajong, Prep and 190 students were involved in a range of Science, Engineering and Technology-related activities over the week. These activities were led by specialist teachers throughout the school. Kurrajong students worked with Mrs. Emma Galdes and her Year 10 extension classes who put on a “Science Expo” for our youngest students. The goal was to demonstrate the practical application of science through engaging and interactive experiments. Students learned about electricity, kinetic energy, solids and liquids, and observed some chemical reactions. They built simple electric circuits, observed how solids can become liquids and experimented with forces using catapults. Year 2 students were also lucky enough to have a session with our newly purchased virtual reality (VR) set. VR enables students to go places and see things that they would normally only be able to read about or watch on video. The Year 2s went diving with sharks and walked with dinosaurs, taking learning to a whole new level.

Ms. Robyn Cox also prepared a range of STEAM-related challenges for Prep students to solve. Year 3s designed and built a structure which would take the longest time to fall from the first floor science wing veranda. The Years 4 and 5 designed and built a catapult structure which would enable their team to hurl or move a marshmallow and/or Jaffa the furthest distance. Meanwhile, the Year 6 groups designed and constructed a personal flotation device (PFD) for a medium-sized can. The design had some tight stipulations. Firstly, the can had a face on it, which needed to be kept clear of water for one minute (it takes 60 seconds for an adult and 20 seconds for a child to drown). Secondly, the PDF needed to be removable (people don’t go boating with their life jackets glued on!). All students were exposed to a wide range of creative and engineering skill sets as the groups discussed, planned, designed, built and tested their devices in order to solve the challenges they had been set. Prep students were also given the opportunity to work with the Little Bits electronic sets at lunchtime and constructed a range of simple machines, including an electronic clapper and feather duster.

Mrs. Doumanis’ Year 11 Chemistry class were lucky enough to have a visit from an Adelaide University academic. He presented the students with an intriguing topic entitled Pigs, Foam and Fishing, which was all about petroleum engineering and how much our lifestyles still rely on the oil and gas industry. Renewables are still not even close to matching our dependence on the petroleum industry. The title of the presentation alluded to the machinery, chemicals and processes involved in drilling for oil and gas. The students enjoyed hearing from the perspective of a practicing scientist and how science is being applied in the real world. The underlying message of the entire presentation was the importance of studying Maths and Science for future career pathways.

Overall, these activities allowed our students to be completely immersed in STEAM-related pursuits. They were all highly engaged, and much fun was had by all.

Robots Take Over PGS

Year 6 and 7 students were fortunate to have a visit from the NAO robot from Brainary. NAO is a humanoid robot and students were exposed to how robotics technology is changing the way we work and live. Students learned how to write simple programs for NAO that enabled him to communicate, move and even accurately recognise faces. It was great see all students highly engaged with the session and asking some fantastic questions about the future of robotics technology.

Over the course of this year, Year 9 students have been working on creating their own robots. Students completing the Innovations and Enterprise subject designed and 3D printed the robot shells, while students in Tap and App designed and built the electronics for these bots. These robots were then able to battle each other in a fully enclosed arena constructed by Mr. Johnston and Mr. Soltes (our student teacher). Some lucky Prep and Kurrajong students were able to put the robots through their paces during two STEAM Week lunchtime sessions. The robots were also presented at the Middle School assembly. Students were delighted by the event as they battled to push robots out of the playing field and through the trap doors.

Year 5 students have also been engaged in working with robots remotely through the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. These students have been working with museum educators to answer the big question: does life exist on Mars? In order to answer this question, students have learned about the types of evidence that might suggest life, such as rock formations. They have attempted to identify these formations on the surface of the museum’s Mars yard and then learned to drive robots to help collect photographic evidence to test their theories. The students will spend the next few weeks preparing for their final mission later in the term where they will actually drive the robots around the Mars yard in the Powerhouse Museum.


There were a range of competitions held over the course of STEAM week. Several classes were involved in the Bragg writing task where they were asked to write an essay relating to Technology and Tomorrow. Year 4 students entered in the Premier’s Reading Challenge STEM competition where they needed to design a new piece of technology related to a book from the reading challenge. The students used Fire by Jackie French as a source of inspiration and designed contraptions to help survive and fight bushfires. We are awaiting the results of both these competitions.

An in-house algorithm challenge was also held in the Middle and Senior schools during STEAM Week. Mr. Ranieri set a challenge each morning in the daily bulletin and students rushed to get their solutions in, with the winners taking home a special treat. So successful was the competition that we have decided to continue it into week 5, so watch the daily bulletin for your next problem to solve.

MASA (Mathematical Association of South Australia) Quiz Night

MASA held their annual quiz night on Wednesday 15th August. Each year, approximately 10 schools, both city and country, host several other schools for a series of mathematical and general knowledge questions. This year, Pulteney sent teams to Urrbrae Agricultural High School to compete against schools such as Immanuel College, Seymour College and Glenunga International High School. We entered teams in both the Senior Division (Years 11 & 12) and the Junior Division (Year 10 and below). As in all quiz nights, while the competition is keen, the object is to have fun, and our students certainly enjoyed themselves.

All our teams acquitted themselves well in both the maths and general knowledge sections, placing well overall. In particular, Pulteney won the general knowledge section in both the Senior and Junior Divisions. Congratulations to our winning teams!

LEGO League 2018

This week we also formally announced the Lego League team for 2018. The theme for this year’s challenge is “Into Orbit”. This cross-age team will design and build a robot and then program the robot to complete a series of challenges on a game board. They will also need to complete a research project into long haul space travel and demonstrate the core values of the competition: gracious professionalism and coopertition. The team for this year is Lachlan Perry, Max Lehman, Niah Kilgariff-Johnson, Philip Tan, Julian Grobelski, Charlie Delin, Lucy Wilson, Owen White, Mark Xu and Diesel Kereru. We wish them lots of luck as they embark on this exciting challenge.

STEAM Week concluded with the Middle School assembly, where students heard a short presentation from Dan Hassan and Jake Price (who have recently returned from the STEM Mista program) and watched the Year 9 robots battle in the arena. It certainly was a very busy week but incredibly worthwhile. Overall, we learned the power of problem-solving and the importance of persistence. Most importantly, we had lots of fun learning! We are already looking forward to presenting STEAM Week 2.0 in 2019 with many more exciting activities and initiatives. Thanks must go to all the staff and students who worked together to make the week so successful.

STEAM Week was brought to you by the STEAM Team – Emma Galdes, Georgie Buenfeld, Jarrod Johnson, Joanna Doumanis, Mark Webber, Robyn Cox, Sharon Pearce and Tom Ranieri.


MASA - Mathematical Association of South Australia Quiz Night
MASA (Mathematical Association of South Australia) Quiz Night

MASA held their annual quiz night on Wednesday 15th August. About 10 schools, both city and country, host several other schools for a series of both mathematical and general knowledge questions.

This year we sent teams to Urrbrae Agricultural High School to compete against schools such as Immanuel College, Seymour College and Glenunga International High School.

We entered teams in both the Senior Division (Years 11 & 12) and the Junior Division (Year 10 and below).

As in all quiz nights, while the competition is keen, the object is to have fun, and our students certainly enjoyed themselves.

All our teams acquitted themselves well in both the maths and general knowledge sections finishing well placed overall. In particular, we won the General Knowledge section in both the Senior and Junior Divisions.

Congratulations to our winning teams

Senior Division Matthew Beahan, Patrick Milewski, Zach Nicholls & Olivia Cameron


Mark Webber

Learning Area Leader - Mathematics

Congratulations - Gifted & Talented
World Scholar's Cup Global Round Melbourne

We had the pleasure of taking 9 students to the World Scholar's Cup Global Round in Melbourne from the 17 to 21 August. There were 27 countries represented and 1600 students, 1000 juniors and 600 seniors. This event was a truly wonderful experience for our students as they were not only involved in academic challenges, but were also able to meet so many students from around the world for a truly global experience. The results of the competition are as follows:

Lily Koch (all out of 1000)

5th Writing Champion

27th Champion Scholar

57th Debate Champion

Lily won the Pulteney Grammar Top Scholar for Juniors

Finn Boylen (out of 1000)

30th Debate Champion

93rd Champion Scholar

Gold for History; Social Studies

Silver for Science; Special Interest

Tahlia Cahill (out of 1000)

32nd Writing Champion

Team awards:

Lily Koch, Finn Boylen and Tahlia Cahill (all out of 333)

8th for Team Debate

8th Writing Team

35th Champion Team Countdown

90th Team Bowl Junior Medal

Abby Douglas

237th Debate Champion (out of 1000)

117th Writing Champion (out of 1000)

Gold for Literature

Silver for Art; Social Studies

Itay Yarom (out of 1000)

449th Writing Champion

Gold Science; Social Studies

Silver Art and Special Interest

Lachlan Perry (out of 1000)

146th Writing Champion

Gold: Special interest

Silver: History

Team awards: Abby Douglas, Itay Yarom, Lachlan Perry (out of 333)

54th Writing Team

86th Champion Team Countdown

55th Team Bowl

Riley Kopstein

Riley won the Pulteney Grammar Top Scholar for Seniors

Gold: Special Interest

Silver: Art; Literature; Science

Thomas Lewis

Gold: Science

Silver: Social Studies

Zachary Haarsma

282nd Writing Champion (out of 600)

We are thrilled with our students’ efforts and are very fortunate that we had the opportunity to meet people from around the world.

Sue Mavropoulos and Karen Kurczak

Gifted &Talented Coordinators

Annual Senior Sports Dinner on Thursday 13 September - Sold Out

This is an occasion to celebrate the achievements of those students who play in our senior teams many of whom are still in Year 9.  We have many Middle School students who have won senior team awards.  The details are:

Date: Thursday 13 September

Venue: The Sage Hotel

Time: 6.30pm

Dress: smart casual

This event has now sold out

The evening will be student led and will be a mix of awards and short presentations from our captains. 

Our senior teams are:

  • Tennis: Drive Boys, Senior A & B Boys, Premier Reserve Girls and Div. 1 – 4 Girls
  • Cricket: 1st XI, 10A Boys, Senior Girls
  • Softball: Senior A
  • Basketball: Senior a & B Girls, 1st – 3rd V Basketball Boys
  • Volleyball: Open and Junior League Boys and Girls teams
  • Football: 1st XVIII Boys and Girls
  • Netball: Senior A – D teams
  • Rowing: Inter and Senior crews
  • Soccer: 1st and 2nd XI Boys and Girls
  • Hockey: 1st and 2nd XI
  • Athletics
  • Swimming
  • Cross Country
  • Equestrian
Collegiate Cup

The last four Intercol and Collegiate Cup events have been decided by a total of 3 points.  After losing both in 2017 by one point, drawing the Summer 2018 event we again lost by one point in the Winter event last week.  Heartbreaking, but we are close.

The Pulteney presence at Scotch on Saturday was magnificent and certainly outnumbered the home support.  Our thanks to all our wonderful players and their coaches, the Pulteney community who came out to support them and the Scotch teams and their staff who demonstrated their respect for Pulteney by always giving us their best game.  A wonderful week of healthy sporting competition.

The breakdown of points is as follows:

Totals: Pulteney 5½ points Scotch 6½ points

  • Middle Girls Soccer Pulteney win
  • Middle Boys Soccer Pulteney win
  • Senior A Girls Soccer Pulteney win
  • 1st XI Boys Soccer Pulteney win
  • Senior Girls Football Scotch win
  • Middle Girls Football Scotch win
  • Middle Mixed Hockey draw
  • Senior Mixed Hockey Scotch win
  • Middle Boys Basketball Pulteney win
  • 1st V Boys Basketball Scotch win
  • Senior A Netball Scotch win
  • Middle Girls Netball Scotch win

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport


Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!


Weds 5 - Sat 8 Sept Pulteney Year 12 Drama presents 'The Trench'
 Friday 9 November 12.00pm Pulteney Foundation Golf Day
Mt Osmond Golf Club
Tuesday 4 December 7.00pm

Pulteney Celebrates
Adelaide Convention Centre



Business Directory now online

The Pulteney Business Directory has arrived!  We encourage our community to search and support businesses connected to our School. View here

Bread of Life

In the parishes, the lectionary has delivered five weeks of gospel readings from John: 6- often-named Bread of Life Discourses. The ideas, motifs and messages are repeated each week, emphasizing both the difficulty and importance of this teaching.

John’s gospel always conveys meaning using rich poetic, evocative and often challenging language. The Bread of Life Discourses are unique to John. John’s gospel does not have the Institution of the Last Supper, the shared meal the night before Jesus was betrayed, and yet our understanding of the Eucharist is profoundly influenced by John’s gospel. At the heart of this is that John’s gospel strives from its very first words to reveal Jesus’ divine nature and is constantly challenging us to comprehend the incarnation- Gods presence to us all.

The word became flesh and dwelt among us

Chapter 6 begins with the miracle of The Feeding of the Five Thousand, includes Jesus Walking on Water (not read in this cycle) and concludes with references to Jesus being the Bread of Heaven, Eternal Life and the eating of Jesus’ flesh and blood. These images are provocative, graphic, outrageous, off putting and repulsive and were hard for the ancient mind to comprehend, just as they are for the modern mind’s sensibilities. Especially the more so when you consider that the vernacular translation of the Greek language construction ‘to eat’, would be more accurately conveyed by the words gnaw, chomp and chew. 

So, chapter six begins with crowds of people gathering to be part of the miracle and ends with most disciples saying that what Jesus is teaching is too hard, and they leave and return to where they came from. Even though people are abandoning him, Jesus does not retreat from using this sort of language.

Our modern life encourages us to live in a demystified world. Our culture tells us we are in control of our lives and our own destiny. We are seduced into believing in the distorted prosperity gospel- if we work hard we will be rewarded with material gain and this will make us happy. Yet those who live in a world where all their needs, and pretty well all their wants, are generously met, paradoxically live with the fact that general indicators of wellbeing and mental health are plummeting.

So, Christians live with tension that images associated with flesh and blood are considered by ancient and postmodern critics alike, as taboo, cannibalistic, violent and murderous. Yet Christians come to know that to ‘feast’ on Jesus is to ‘feast’ on the very life of God. The mystery of faith is a gift from God that must be humbly nurtured. In the moment that we choose to grasp the mystery of the Eucharist sacrament, we truly abide in Jesus and he in us. We choose life. We turn over to God our fears and insecurities. We free ourselves from judgment and the burden of sin. We become the Body of Christ with and for one another. We become what we have received- a sacrament of peace, unity and reconciliation. We are not only reminded, challenged or inspired to be these things in the world, we are transformed. This is how we should be, truly and authentically present to creation and humanity.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Term 3 Confirmation

Pulteney’s Confirmation Service will take place at 8.45 am on Tuesday, 11 September (Term 3, Week 8), in the Robert Henshall Sports Gym. Confirmation is considered very special, so a bishop will join us and confirm your child. If you and your child would like Confirmation and be involved in preparation that seeks to confirm the promises made at baptism, please contact with the chaplain.

Magdalene Centre

Winter is well and truly with us, Spring is around the corner. Providing gifts of food and op shop items for the Magdalene Centre is an everyday way of doing Christ’s work here on earth. Blankets, warm coats, carves and gloves are especially appreciated. Donations can be brought to the Chapel Foyer. Baskets have been labelled so that we can sort and care for your donations.


Deep Peace,