From the Principal

Middle School is Official!

The official ceremony to mark the opening of our new Middle School was a brilliant event, attended by key dignitaries, current and past Board and Foundation members, key donors and School supporters, representatives of the professions and trades who designed and built the facility, students and staff. 

It was a pleasure to have the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency, Hieu Van Le AC, unveil a commemorative plaque.  I thank our Middle School students who were outstanding ambassadors and provided informative and courteous tours for our invited guests throughout the morning.  I also acknowledge the outstanding organisation and support from Mrs Ruth Barnden, Executive Assistant to the Principal, for her impeccable planning and event management.  It was a wonderful occasion!

Year 12 Drama Production

The Trench involved our six Year 12 Drama students who played four sold-out evening performances last week at the Bakehouse Theatre.  The depth of performance by the students was impressive.  It was an intense production and I am sure those who were lucky enough to see it would agree that each student’s skills and talents shone throughout.  I congratulate Isabelle Denham, Jai Ruciak, Delys Russell, Matthew Slattery, Lily Trnovsky and Kate Watts and their teacher and director, Ms Jamie Hibbert.

Tournament of Minds

On Sunday 9 September, Pulteney Grammar School had 28 students spanning Year 4 to Year 10, competing across four teams in the Tournament of Minds State Competition at Flinders University.  Pulteney were, yet again, successful on the day, receiving Honours for Primary Social Science and First Place in Primary STEM and Secondary Social Science. Our Secondary STEM team also performed admirably on the day. 

The Primary STEM and the Secondary Social Science teams will now go on to compete at the Australasian Pacific Finals in Darwin in October.  This is the third year in a row that Pulteney has a team in the National Finals.  I congratulate each of the students for their dedication and ingenuity and Ms Sue Mavropoulos for her outstanding leadership and support.  A full report can be found in this edition of Pulteney Review.

IPSHA Poetry Competition

We congratulate Year 6 student Olivia Edwards who was awarded first place at the Grand Final of the IPSHA Poetry Competition.   Eleven independent schools in South Australia participated and the standard was exceptional. We are very proud of all Pulteney students who performed throughout the competition and have enjoyed celebrating Olivia’s success with her!

Staff News

Mrs Fiona Barradale (Enrolments Assistant) will be leaving Pulteney at the conclusion of this year to move to Queensland.  In the short time she has been with us, Fiona has made a significant impact on the important processes and practices undertaken in the Enrolments Office – her energy and professionalism will be missed!  We wish Fiona contentment and success for the future.

Ms Wendy Muir (Visual Arts) has informed me of her resignation effective at the conclusion of this year.  Wendy has been on leave from Pulteney during 2018, pursuing numerous opportunities to undertake her wonderful art and travel.  Wendy was appointed to the role of Art Teacher in 2012 and throughout her time at Pulteney, her dedication and devotion to her students, colleagues and her art have been appreciated.   We wish Wendy every happiness and much creativity for the future.

Mr Rodger Koschade (Prep School) has informed me of his pending retirement effective at the conclusion of this year.  Rodger has provided incredible service to Pulteney Grammar School over 39 years.  This is an outstanding achievement. 

Rodger was appointed to the role of “Assistant Teacher” in the Preparatory School in 1980 and throughout his extensive time at Pulteney, he has taken on numerous roles including classroom teaching for years 3,4,5 and 7, Director of the Preparatory School, Deputy of the Junior School and, very importantly, Father Christmas for our youngest students in Kurrajong for over 20 years.  As you can imagine, he has witnessed significant change and the evolution of our wonderful school.  Rodger informed me that the greatest highlights of his career in teaching have been those “lightbulb moments that the children deliver, while in your care, [that] are always uplifting and priceless.”

I know there will be many Old Scholars who will be sad that Rodger won’t be teaching their children!  In my opinion, there can be no better validation of his impact on young hearts and minds.

I am sure you will join me in wishing Rodger every happiness, time to reflect and relax and be with family and friends in his retirement.  We will have an opportunity to farewell and properly acknowledge Rodger for his significant service to our school at our end of year events, including Pulteney Celebrates.


Anne Dunstan