From the Principal
“Small acts of care and compassion, when multiplied, can transform the world.”
Welcome to 2018 to all members of our Pulteney community.
At the return to school assembly held on Tuesday 30 January, I spoke to our students about the importance of our school community. The number one response provided by students, staff and parents when they are asked to identify Pulteney’s greatest strength or defining quality is “community”. We regularly hear about and see examples of our strong school community in action. It is central to our Learning and Performance Culture Framework.
This year, we will be focusing very purposefully on our school culture: what we love about our school and all that it stands for, and looking at the things that aren’t working so well and finding solutions to achieve better outcomes. We will be especially focusing on the proactive ways in which we promote wellbeing for our students, our staff and our wider community.
We have an increase in the resourcing focusing on Student Wellbeing this year in a new role, Head of Student Wellbeing, and an expanded time allocation to School Counselling to supplement the important work of our teaching staff, Learning Support Staff, School Psychologist, Chaplain and Student Services, including the Health Centre.
I firmly believe that everyone’s wellbeing is everyone’s responsibility. It is the responsibility of every member of our community to not only maintain but to model and set the standard that defines our Pulteney community as the strong, inclusive, consistent, proactive and safe place we believe it should be.
I and the student leaders have urged each member of our School to speak up or act when they see something that does not match our shared values. “Once a Navy Blue, always a Navy Blue.” We are all part of something much bigger than ourselves. We are Pulteney.
I look forward to witnessing throughout this year all of the random acts of kindness and the purposeful acts of integrity that will continue to build Pulteney, so everyone can learn and grow to their potential, fully supported by our strong community.
“The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”
It begins with one person. It begins with you. It begins with me. We are looking forward to a fantastic year!
New Students and Staff
We have 117 new students commencing at Pulteney Grammar School across Kurrajong, Prep, Middle School and one ninety and we welcome the following new staff:
James Burrows Maths & Science
Hilary Coleman Chemistry & Science
Jacob Curnow Maths & Physical Education
Steven McCulloch Head of Student Wellbeing
Annecke Redelinghuys School Counsellor
Candice Rowberry ELC Educator
Stewart Smith Sports Coordinator
Marko Strinic English & Humanities
Lisa Thompson School Counsellor
Robbin Wang English as an Additional Language
Glyn Whatley Sports Coordinator & Physical Education
The following staff are taking on new roles in 2017:
Richard Austin moves from Visual Arts Assistant to Visual Arts Teacher, Todd Kerber takes on the role of Out of School Hours Director. Alice Mixon moves from Kurrajong to Prep and Enid Behrens, Katrina White and Tahlia Taylor take on roles as ELC teachers.
We also welcome back from leave:
Emily Clarke Assistant Head of Middle School
Joanna Doumanis Science
Jane Dale Early Learning Centre
Anna Zerillo Prep School