Pulteney Review Week 8 Term 3
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!
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.
Is your child or teen having difficulty with sleep?
I recently presented to the year 11’s at Pulteney about Sleep and the Teenage Brain and together we had a brainstorming session to create a list of tips and ideas to improve sleep patterns.
Here is the list we compiled
- Ensure a quiet, comfortable, dark environment
- Have a consistent sleep and wake time routine
- Meditation/deep breathing before bed
- Journaling before bed
- Avoid naps at any time of the day
- Exercise during the day, however avoid 2 hours before bed
- Avoid caffeine, especially energy drinks
- Avoid using your bed for study/eating/relaxing, keep it solely a sleep zone
- Encourage ‘winding down’ at least 30 minutes before bed, away from screens/devices
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual such as a bath, hot drink, read a book
- Drink a glass of warm milk
- Avoid drinking too much fluid or eating 2 hours prior to bed
If your child or teen is having difficulty sleeping, feel free to contact the Wellbeing Services Team (email@example.com) to make an appointment for your child/teen to discuss in more detail and be supported to develop an individualised plan to address the key concerns.
Music News - Tadaa!
Term 3 has been a hugely busy time for the Performing Arts Learning Area with dozens of live performances both here at school as well as all around the state. Before I go into more detail about our amazing activity, can I please express my enormous thanks to the music students involved and their wonderful families. Having a child involved in the performing arts is often a challenging thing with many performances outside of school hours and often not at school, requiring transporting your children (and their instruments) all over the place as well as attending very early morning rehearsals, for example. I fully understand this level of family commitment, having had two children both heavily involved in sports, music and other co-curricular activities throughout their schooling. From my team's perspective, we really appreciate what you as parents do for your children within the performing arts.
Back in week 2 of this term, we took 102 Pulteney students (a record number, and all from the middle and senior schools) to the Balaklava Eisteddfod. As usual, our students not only behaved extremely well and represented our school in the highest manner, but we also performed to a very high standard.
This year the Eisteddfod attracted more suburban schools so the level and standard of competition is rising, which is great news for the event. This year we were thrilled that groups like Stage Band 1 and 2, Senior Drum Corps, String Quartet, Jazz on the Terrace, played so well, and along with the Senior Percussion Ensemble and Senior Drum Corps all received second places. An excellent effort. Grammarphones, Jazz Choir 2 and the Senior Percussion Ensemble all placed as well, but the stars of the day were the Senior String Ensemble and the Small Jazz Vocal who not only took first place but were also Overall Champions in their section. An outstanding outcome! Special thanks to the music tutors and academic staff for making this day possible. Many of the students at this event left school at 7am and did not return until 7pm - so it was along but very rewarding day.
The 2018 Adelaide Eisteddfod is a huge competition that spans three months. At the end of last term the Grammarphones (awarded Honorable Mention) competed as did the Prep Concert Choir who came first in their division - an outstanding result. Jazz on the Terrace also performed at a fantastic level, receiving an Honorable Mention in their very high standard section. Throughout this term (up to 4th September) there have been many performances by large and small groups and many solo performances. The highlights included the Year 9 Class Band coming 2nd in their section while the String Quartet received an HM the Senior String Ensemble took first prize after a very spirited and musically top quality performance. Other highlights included section wins by Sujie Kim and Joaquin Velasco (both violin) and many other great performances by many students from year 5 - 12. Congratulations to all the competing students. I am so proud of the students achievements.
Some other fantastic results;
Matthew Rodda under 18yo 2nd prize
Nora Markvo 2nd
Sujie Kim two 2nd places plus 1st under 25 open concert and received the prestigious Miriam Hyde Award
Jessica Sallis 2nd
Henry Bradley 2nd under 15 yo brass
Jeremy Ninio 3rd under 15 yo brass
Jeanne Lombard a 2nd place and 1st 15 yo
Charlotte Moseley, 2nd under 17 yo string solo
among several other wonderful results.
Congratulations to all.
The Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association of South Australia of which I am a committee member, was another huge effort from our students and staff. This event takes place over a massive three days where 137 ensembles cross the stage to perform their programs in front of an enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience. This year we had 7 ensembles complete against the best schools in the state including Scotch College, St Peter's College, Wilderness, St Peter's Girls, Walford, Immanuel and Concordia, to name but a few.
The following outstanding results were achieved;
Stage Band 1 Silver
Stage Band 2 Silver
Senior Percussion Ensemble Silver
Senior Drum Corps Silver
Senior String Ensemble Silver
The Concert Band and String Quartet were both awarded Gold and Overall Champion of section.
When all of these results are taken together, ABODA 2018 was an outstanding success and the best ever results for Pulteney on the back of 2017, which was our best till this year! Clearly our music students are working hard and being rewarded for their efforts. Simply outstanding!
A special thanks to all the ensemble leaders for preparing the students to do their best, under pressure!
Middle School Building Opening
The music faculty has been heavily involved in the opening of the new Middle School Building. On day one of this term the Senior Drum Corps played as all of the MS students processed into the new building and then last Friday we had the Pulteney Grammar School Orchestra perform at the formal opening ceremony. I was thrilled by the way the orchestra (which has not rehearsed together prior to the performance) played to such a high standard, and entertaining the audience as we waited on the Governor to arrive. The String Quartet played while our guests enjoyed refreshments after the official opening ceremony. This String Quartet also played at the two twilight MS Building tour events last week, and I offer my special thanks to Charlotte Moseley, Joaquin Velasco, Sujie Kim and Anya Ecimovic.
Drama News - To be or not to be
Our year 12 drama production, "The Trench", was presented to the community last week with four evening performances held in the Bakehouse Theatre, Angas Street. This sell out season of "The Trench" was an incredible show. The six actors; Jai Ruciak, Lily Trnovsky, Matthew Slattery, Kate Watts, Delys Russell and Isabelle Denham were all outstanding in this gripping and tragic tale set in the battlefields of WW1. Once again under the leadership and direction of Jamie Hibbert, the set, lighting, music and sound were all brilliant and empowered the students to be in their character and present such a powerful and dramatic performance.
Dance News - First Position
Our three co-curricular dance classes are continuing this semester where the Prep dance class comes together on Monday afternoons after school, while on Tuesday we have the Kurrajong Dance Class, as well as the combined MS/SS dance class. Our two dance teachers Kristen Lewis and Carla Bigiolli are doing a wonderful job and are proving encouraging, supportive, creative and challenging dance classes to over 50 of our students each week under the leadership of our corporate partner, Ding Productions Creative Director, Jo Casson. I thank Jo, Kristen and Carla for all their wonderful work.
2019 Middle School/Senior School Musical Production
After much work and a very anxious wait I am thrilled to announce today that the MS/SS musical production will be "Wicked".
From what I have been told we are the first school in South Australia to do this production and one of the first in the country. I am so excited to be doing this production next year in the Norwood Concert Hall, 23, 24 and 25 May 2019. I am sure many of our students will be thrilled to be part of this huge and exciting event.
Auditions for the roles in the show and the chorus will be held in term 4 2018.
We will also release soon the main leadership roles for this production including the Director, Music Director, Choreographer and producer.
I am sure this production will build on our recent fantastic productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Band and The Addams Family. We all can't wait to get stuck into the show and get it ready for you all to come and see next year.
Learning Area Leader Performing Arts
Evatt Finalists 2018
Five teams represented Pulteney Grammar School at the preliminary rounds for Evatt which is amodel United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition. The students worked exceptionally well in teams and displayed exemplary behaviour throughout the day. The following students gained a place in the semi-final which was held at Adelaide University on Saturday 1 September:
- Nick Hassan and Sam Button
- Will Rooke and Akash Thomas
- Dyllan Zhang and Felix Jones
- Coby Howell and Olivia Cameron
Please congratulate Coby Howell and Olivia Cameron who have won a place in the grand-final which will be held at the Adelaide University on Saturday 15 September:
We wish them every success.
Tournament of Minds 2018
We were extremely proud watching twenty-eight Pulteney students ranging from Year 4 to Year 10 perform on Tournament Day at Flinders University on Sunday 9 September. Pulteney received Honours for Primary Social Science and we came 1st in Secondary Social Science and 1st in Primary STEM.
The Secondary Social Science and Primary STEM teams will now represent South Australia at the Tournament International Final (TIF) in Darwin from Wednesday 10th October to Sunday 14th October. The teams will be up against all states and territories as well as New Zealand, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Thailand and Uganda. We wish both teams all the best as they now prepare for the next round.
Winning team for Secondary Secondary Social Science
Emma Neuhaus, Madison Schubert, Addi Schwartz, Finn Boylen, Lily Koch, Zachary Haarsma and Riley Kopfstein
Winning team for Primary STEM
Jasinta Brownbill, David Perry, Riya Mallampati, Riley Brion, Lincoln Davey, Samuel Williams and Adam Brownbill
Honours: Primary Social Science
Cameron Hughes, Lincoln Nikitins, Oscar Mitchell, Timothy Newman, Addison Ritossa, Lilah Dunn and Alicia Bollinger
Our Secondary STEM team put together a thoroughly entertaining and amazing performance but did not get a place this year.
The STEM team this year included:
Hugh Mahoney, Christian Bizot, William Mahoney, Luke Smid, Max Hammerstein, Daniel Hassan and Danny Puzanov
Tournament of Minds Coordinator and Facilitator
Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher
Chemical Analysis State Champions
Pulteney Science is proud to announce some recent successes in the field of chemical analysis. Two teams of Year 11 Chemistry students have recently been declared the SA State Champion and Runner-Up Team in the SA section of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Australian National Titration Competition.
State Champion Team
Runner-Up To State Champion Team
At the end of Stage 2 (State Final Stage) of this knockout competition, these 2 teams have performed their analyses more accurately than all the other 118 SA teams (from 23 South Australian schools). The SA State Final involving the best 30 out of the 118 teams was held in the chemistry laboratories of the City East Campus of UniSA earlier this term.
The task is not yet completed however. These 2 teams together with the other 10 best performed SA teams will compete in the National Grand Final of this competition this coming Saturday. It will be held concurrently in each Australian capital city, the SA section once again being conducted at UniSA. It is expected that over 100 teams nationally will compete in the Grand Final.
Each stage of this competition gets progressively more difficult and demanding. The Grand Final analysis is no different. A standard method is provided which student teams are informed works extremely well. Teams are allowed however to introduce their own variations to this method to either attempt to make the method more time efficient or to attempt to make the method capable of greater accuracy. Over the last few weeks Pulteney’s teams have spent considerable time considering and trialling alternative methods. At the time of writing this report, the detail of the method to be used has not been finally decided. The pressure is on. Which method will be used?
Good luck to Pulteney Teams in the Grand Final!
Australian National Titration Competition Pulteney 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.
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.
Pulteney Wine Makers
In the previous edition of the Pulteney Review, details of the extra-curricular science winemaking project undertaken by this keen group of students were brought to the attention of the Pulteney Community. This project has resulted in the production of approximately 250 bottes of fine Shiraz wine which has been offered for sale to the Pulteney Community.
The Pulteney Wine Makers are pleased to report that almost all of their limited edition bottled wine made during their winemaking project has been sold. This should be collected from main school Administration Office in Wheaton House on Friday 21 September (8.00am – 4.30pm). If this is not possible, wine will also be available for collection during the following week (Week 10).
At the time of writing this report, a small amount of bottled wine remains for sale. Details of how to purchase some of this wine appear in the advertisement at the end of this Pulteney Review.
Coordinator of Pulteney Wine Makers
We are pleased to share our newly established vision, mission and values for our co-curricular sports program.
Our student leaders in sport have been central to the process of establishing these statements and values as we believe they are the heart of our program. We believe our teams belong to our students and that they must act in an empowered manner and take ownership of their experience. We believe our students must be self-determining in how they engage with sport and physical activity.
There has also been significant guidance and opinion provided by those who are expert and have a wealth of experience in sport and school sport particularly. These have included the Sports Coordinators, coaches, our deliberations from the ‘Coaching Sports Summit’ and looking at best practice in other schools and sports organisations.
Further student opinion regarding their experiences in sport is currently being gathered via survey and the results will be communicated to you as part of a wide-ranging update on co-curricular sport towards the end of Term 3.
‘We Are Pulteney’ / ‘Better Never Stops’
Head of Sport
As you can imagine, schools are great places for infectious diseases to spread, so it is important adults take on the responsibility to ensure the potential for infection is minimised.
Gastro and flu type illnesses are once again amongst us and so it is timely to remind parents that if your child is presenting with vomiting, diarrhoea, coughs or other infectious illness symptoms that they should remain absent from school for a minimum period of 24 hours after symptom cessation. This is so that they do not infect others.
This includes any student who has a temperature above 37.5 C. This has been particularly problematic in Prep School recently with students being given medicine at home masking fever. Please do not sent your unwell child to school.
Chicken pox, shingles and measles are notifiable infectious diseases. If your child has one of these diseases verified by a doctor it is important you notify the school immediately.
It is important that we all adhere to this policy to minimise student and staff illness during the school year.
Thank you for your support
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