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Pulteney Review, Week 2, Term 1

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


Anne Dunstan


Summer Social
A welcome back event for the Pulteney Community.

New and past families, friends and Old Scholars coming together for an afternoon to reconnect and enjoy a light afternoon tea and drinks.

Sunday 18 February, 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Sam Leaker Courtyard, rear of Allan Wheaton House

No charge to attend, for catering purposes, please book at | 18yrs+ event


Business Directory now online

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

Student Wellbeing
Student Wellbeing

I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for the welcome I have received from our Pulteney Community over the past few weeks.

My name is Steven McCulloch and I welcome your child to the 2018 school year at Pulteney Grammar. I am a new staff member to the Pulteney community in the newly created role of Head of Student Wellbeing and I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself to you.

I have been teaching for 19 years in a range of contexts, but most recently at St Paul’s College, Gilles Plains where I was Head of Student Development. I have previously worked at Blackfriars’ Priory School, Prospect and St Mark’s College, Port Pirie. I am married with three fantastic children aged 8, 6 and 4.

During the course of this year we will be undertaking a review of Pulteney’s wellbeing polices and program to ensure that we are continuing to offer the best educational experience we can for our students and preparing them to be the best citizens they can be.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to welcome our two new counsellors, Annecke Redelinghuys and Lisa Thompson. Along with Chris Clements; our School Psychologist, Annecke and Lisa provide professional counselling support for our students. Please see a brief bio for Annecke and Lisa below.

I look forward to serving the Pulteney Community.

Steven McCulloch 

Head of Student Wellbeing


I am originally from South Africa and immigrated to Australia almost 9 years ago. I have a son (26) and a daughter (28) and 2 grandchildren.

My academic background:

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Dip. Higher Education
Dip. Counselling
Dip. Life Coaching

In my former roles as Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Senior School, I gained extensive experience in working with middle and senior school students in terms of counselling and mentoring as well as the development of programs for disengaged students.

I have a passion for working with young people and I care deeply about their well-being. I have done extensive research on the neurological and biological development of the adolescent brain and how it impacts on their behaviour. I assist adolescents and their parents on this challenging journey into adulthood through counselling and coaching. I also present a series of workshops called “Inside the mind of a Teenager” to support everyone involved in this process.

I consider it to be a great honour in working with students to help them reach their full potential and to become the best version of themselves.

Annecke Redelinghuys (Tuesday and Friday)

School Councellor

I grew up in country Victoria and moved to Adelaide after completing year 12 to pursue further study and a life in “the big smoke”. University was my ticket out of town. I studied a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) and then went on to complete my Master of Social Work and Diploma in Counselling. I have worked largely in the youth homelessness space, supporting children and young people with diverse and complex needs. I have a passion for supporting young people in their journey through life and into adulthood with the hurdles and bumps that are presented along the way. I also have experience in Hospital Emergency Department Social Work and youth counselling.

I’m very excited to be joining the Pulteney Grammar community and look forward to getting to know you all. 

Lisa Thompson (Wednesday and Thursday)

School Councellor

Gifted & Talented
Gifted and Talented Education at Pulteney Grammar School

Pulteney will continue to offer programs and support for our gifted and talented students through the Challenge Program. As current research suggests that giftedness is developmental; there is no longer a ‘gifted for life’ label; students can plateau, whilst other students’ talents suddenly emerge. With this in mind, we aim to offer a range of programs to best meet the needs of all our identified gifted students, but also for students who may be showing signs of talent in specific domains.

The selection and identification process will continue to include teacher, parent and student nomination. Norm referenced testing using the Progressive Achievement Tests (PAT) from the Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) and NAPLAN results will be utilised. We have introduced a new assessment (AGAT) which assesses general reasoning ability. All results are collated to provide an overall picture of student performance. Students would need to place in the top 10% for any testing conducted.

Current educational psychological assessments (less than 3-years old) placing students’ intelligence quotient (IQ) in the gifted range will also be carefully considered, and suitable programs will be developed. Within this assessment there needs to be recognition as to where the strengths of the student lie as often gifted students are strong in certain areas and have identified weaknesses in other areas.

Once all data is collected and analysed, students will be invited to participate in the program. In some instances, students will be invited to be involved in subject specific extension in addition to what is being provided within class while some students will be involved in the program for the year. In Kurrajong, in class support will be provided initially.

I would encourage families to come and join us at a parent information session on Tuesday 13 February from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for Kurrajong and Prep Families in the Prep Library and Wednesday 14 February from 6:00pm to 7:00pm for Middle School and one ninety in the break out space on the ground floor in the Centre for Senior Learning.

Please book via trybooking for Kurrajong and Prep

and Middle and Senior School

I am looking forward to working alongside staff and parents as we continue to support and challenge our Gifted and Talented and highly able students at Pulteney. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding the Challenge program.


Sue Mavropoulos                                              Karen Kurczak

Gifted and Talented Coordinator                       Head of Learning Support


Health Centre
Health Centre

Hello and welcome to the new school year. Please see the following information for new and continuing families regarding the Health Centre.

The Health Centre is available to care for the health needs of all students during the school day 08:30 am 3:30pm. 

Emergency Medication

If your child requires emergency medication in the case of allergy / anaphylaxis / diabetes / these are stored in the health centre. For those parents of students in year 3-12 (who haven’t already) please bring your child’s emergency medication to the health centre as soon as possible.  You will be contacted by phone or mail if new care plans are required or medications become expired. Please follow up with this promptly. If your child requires emergency Asthma medications you are welcome to keep them at the health centre, however, asthmatic students should carry a puffer at all times. This is particularly important on days when engaging in PE, or extra-curricular activities.

Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia and the Western Sydney University have recently released a video aimed at educating parents on how to effectively communicate with schools about their child’s food allergy. Check out the Transitioning to School with Food Allergy video here.

For further information please go to or call 1300 728 000 or or call 1800 ASTHMA – 1800 278 462


If your child requires medication during school hours it is to be delivered to and stored at the health centre. It should remain in its original packaging with your child’s name and administration details clearly visible. Written permission for its administration should be provided to the registered nurse. Forms are available in the health centre or you can email the registered nurse at The RN on duty will ensure your child’s medication is returned to them at the end of the school day.

Thank you for your support, we look forward to working together with you this year.

Sharon Bowering & Sally Leonard

School Nurses / Registered Nurses

A New Year in Sport

A significant number of students, 877 in total, nominated to participate in Pulteney Sport and activities.  A wonderful commitment from most of our students.

The nominations for the new activities such as archery, Aikido and gymnastics have been particularly strong and while there is some recruitment required in a couple of sports the overwhelming picture is positive.

We are also witnessing the introduction of new approaches in our sports program and this includes our pathway approach (see diagram below) and initiatives such as in volleyball in exploring whether we can aspire to National standard competition.  There is much work to be completed and not least the establishment of new norms and expectations amongst students, staff and our community.

All information and documentation will shortly be found on the sport section of the school website and in the short term the ‘Sport this Week’ is to be used as the definitive source for information regarding that week’s fixtures.

We also welcome our new Sports Coordinators, Glyn Whatley and Stewart Smith.  These two staff have coordination responsibility for our sports.

Stewart is a Level 3 Cricket Coach and previously worked at SACA for 10 years in ‘Game Development and Coach Education’.  Most recently he was Director of Cricket at St Peter’s Boys School and has coached junior state squads and is the current coach of SA Indigenous Cricket Team. 

His coaching philosophy is to create an engaging environment for all players to learn, develop and excel.  Stewart played cricket for 15 years in A Grade Cricket (East Torrens) and represented SA in all junior levels in cricket.  He is a keen follower of the Redbacks/Strikers and GWS.  Stewart soon to graduate from Flinders University as a Physical Education teacher.  He is married to Louise and they have two children Olivia (2 years) and Charlie (3 weeks).

Glyn has taught PE since 2004 and been a ‘Strength and Conditioning’ coach since the late 1990’s.  He holds degrees and qualifications in Bed, BA (Hon) Human Movement, Masters Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning), ASCA Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach.  He has worked with variety of athletes including national and international sprinters, throwing athletes and Paralympians. 

He competed as an International Weightlifting Athlete throughout the 1990’s in European Championships and National Championships and was a national champion at schools and senior level.

Glyn believes coaching should be modelled around the specific needs of the athlete and the physical requirements of the individual sport. Coaching should be well planned and delivered at a level that is achievable for all in the playing group but still physically and cognitively challenging to stretch the athlete and ensure continued development.

Glyn is married to Kirsten and they have two children Marcus (13) and Megan (10), as well as Holly the Labrador and Charlie the rescue cat.

I extend a very warm welcome to both.

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport

Results, reports and fixtures

To view all sports results, reports, and fixtures, please visit

Please note that results will now only appear in the above sports section of the website (rather than appearing in the Pulteney Review).


Pulteney Old Scholars are kicking goals! Congratulations to Apostolos Stamatelopoulos ('16), who has signed a two-year scholarship deal with Adelaide United this A-League season! 

Phenomenal performance by one of our newest Old Scholars, Lloyd Pope ('17), who led Australia to a semi-final berth in the Under 19 World Cup with figures of 8 for 35 against England - the best ever in the tournament! Congratulations, Lloyd!!!


Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!



Sunday 18 February Summer Social
Thursday 15 March Senior Sports Day
Friday 16 March Junior Sports Day
Friday 23 March Senior School Formal
Sunday 8 April Venture Club Gin Tasting
Sunday 6 May Blues Fest
Friday 11 May Chic & Champagne Fashion Evening
Friday 22 June Whisky Dinner
Saturday 18 August Pulteney Foundation White Party
Friday 2 November Pulteney Foundation Golf Day



Uniform Shop Opening Hours
Pulteney Shop Opening Hours


Tuesday               11.00am – 5.00pm

Wednesday        12.30pm – 4.30pm

Friday                    8.00am – 11.30am

Middle School Leadership
Middle School Leadership

At our first Middle School assembly of the year we inducted the 2018 Prefects and House Leaders. Our Principal, Mrs Dunstan, our Deputy Principal, Mr Atterton, and the Heads of House joined us for this assembly, as did many of the parents of our student leaders.  Our Prefects and House Leaders were presented with badges and they all made the leaders oath.

The entire Middle School enthusiastically congratulated our new leaders and we look forward to their leadership throughout the year.

The Middle School Prefects for 2018 are:

Rose Herriot; Stefan Gould; Daniel Hassan; Amber Lennox; Sam Beahan; Kalea Healey; Jeremy Ninio; Helen Wan; Anna Champion; Tom Hillock; Bethany Burgess; Jeanne Lombard and Maddy Stephenson.

The Middle School House Leaders for 2018 are:

Bleby Howard: Matthew Button; Lili Keene and Sam Milewski

Cawthorne Nicholls: Tamsin Evans; Will Evans and Ellie Georgaris

Kennion Miller: Emilia Dolphin; Sophie Rundle and Satyanand Shawgi

Moore Sunter: Erin Beard; Jessica Sallis and Angus Winter

Sports Captains

Our Head of Sport, Huw Bowen, has introduced in 2018 another series of leadership positions -Middle School Sports Captains. The Middle School Sports Captains for 2018 are:

Softball: Ellie Georgaris

Cricket: Sam Milewski

Volleyball: Grace Meulders and Travis Lewin

Tennis: Piero Jaksa, Simone Chiera and Anya Ecimovic

Swimming: Isabella Zlatkovic and Lara Gugllielmucci

Athletics: Maddy Stephenson and Will Evans

Cross Country: Jeanne Lombard and Angus Winter

Football: Tamsin Evans, Jessica Sallis and Gabriel Luksich

Netball: Rose Herriot

Soccer: Alex Symons and Lili Keene

Hockey: Matthew Button

Student Body Reps

Last year we introduced the ‘Student Body’. Students from each Tutor group in Year 7 and 8 form the Student Body as class reps. The process for selection will be outlined to students in coming weeks.  A group of Prefects with teacher support will run the Student Body. This group will provide suggestions to improve the Middle School; devise activities, which will increase student engagement beyond their Tutor group, which will allow students to broaden friendships and help promote class spirit.  We will be acknowledging these students at a separate Middle School assembly.

Leadership is everyone’s responsibility

As much as we have created a large number of student leadership opportunities in the Middle School, our emphasis is on leadership being a responsibility of every individual. We want students to understand that leadership is not a title but a behaviour; a behaviour that demonstrates care and respect towards others.  I believe good leaders are generous people, who consider others needs before themselves and that attitude, understanding and behaviour is what we are seeking from our students. In our teaching we work to ensure that every student understands the importance of demonstrating leadership.


Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Performing Arts
Instrumental and Music Lessons

This year, we already have over 240 students registered to have one to one instrumental and vocal lessons with one of our 16 music tutors. Information regarding your child’s instrumental or vocal lessons will be out by the end of this week.

If you have not heard from us by week 3 please contact Ali O'Connell ( for assistance.

Several of our ensembles have also started rehearsals, the rest will start next week. If you have any queries in this matter please let Ali know or contact me at

The performing arts faculties are very excited about 2018, as we build on the huge success of 2017. This year we will have the biggest group of Pulteney students going to the National Stage Band and Jazz Vocal competitions ever with approximately 60 students competing in five divisions across the three day event (4-6 May 2018). If you are planning to go to Mt Gambier to support the groups, please make your accommodation bookings ASAP as the city always books out every year.

There are some exciting and important events on the calendar this term, and in the next edition, I will outline these events, especially the 2018 Music Cabaret to be held on Friday 6th April 2018.

Music and Drama Captains 2018

 I am also pleased to announce the 2018 Music and Drama Captains. These wonderful students were presented with their badges at the week 1 whole school assembly. The Drama Captains are Kate Watts and Isabelle Denham and the Music Vice Captains are Delys Russell and Maya Clarke with the Music Captain Alexander Newman.

Here's to a fantastic and rewarding 2018.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts. 

Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning 2018

Experiential learning is when learners purposefully engage in direct experience and focused reflection to increase their knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and develop their capacity to contribute to their communities. Experiential learning occurs regularly in students' lives at Pulteney, through initiatives undertaken at school and through the local community and is part of understanding the world. Opportunities to extend students comfort zones through adventure, community and cultural activities are imperative in today's society, and important to each student's development.

Pulteney offers many experiential learning opportunities including overseas, interstate and local experiences for service, curriculum, sporting, cultural, conservation and adventure based learning. We aim to provide a wide variety of experiences for students in a range of interest areas and in diverse locations.

In 2018, Pulteney is delighted to present a study and cultural learning program to Japan, a service learning program to Nepal, an adventure program to New Zealand and an indigenous cultural program to Central Australia. In addition to these extended programs, adventure learning and conservation focused programs will be conducted in a range of locations within South Australia and interstate through the Venture Club and Conservation Corps.

Overview of 2018 Programs


Program Style

Program location

Focus of the program


Level of Challenge

Adventure and Conservation


Surfing and coastal conservation

10 to 12 March

Introductory to intermediate


Years 8 to 12




15 to 20 April



Years 7 to 12


Central Australia

Indigenous cultural and adventure learning

16 July to 25 July



Year 9 to 12



Falls Creek

Downhill skiing

14 to 21 July

All ability levels


Years 10 to 12



Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary conservation program

2 and 3 August

Introductory to intermediate


Years 8 to 12


Adelaide Hills

Pulteney Challenge

15 and 16 September


Years 7 to 12

Service and Cultural


Service learning

21 September to 7 October

All ability levels


Years 10 to 12

Language curriculum and Cultural


Cultural learning

23 September to 5 October

Language and Culture focused


Years 10 and 11


Central Victoria

Youth Adventure Challenge

28 September to 2 October

Intermediate to advanced


Years 10 and 11


New Zealand

Hiking and adventure culmination

9 to 22 December



Years 11 and 12


Each program is unique to Pulteney and specifically designed for student interest and ability levels. Experiential Learning programs are run in partnership with external organisations that specialise in the field, to ensure outcomes are met at the highest level and risk mitigation is comprehensive.

Specific program information will be provided to students in the coming weeks through presentations and correspondence. Information sessions for parents will be offered for certain programs, details of these will be provided to students and parents in the coming weeks. To register your child’s interest in one or more of the experiential learning programs, please click on the link below. Registering your child’s interest is not a commitment to the program but will allow program organisers to begin their initial planning and make direct contact regarding information sessions and program details.

Expression of Interest registration link:

Program costs vary depending on location, numbers and logistics. For each program, there is an application process. Further details regarding the application process will be provided, once your son or daughter’s expression of interest is registered. Please contact me if you have any general inquiries regarding registering your child’s interest, at the email address below.

Pulteney’s experiential learning programs aim to develop students understanding of the world and empathy for others, whilst also providing a rewarding and memorable experience that will last forever. I encourage you and your child to carefully consider one of these programs for 2018.

Daniel Polkinghorne

Coordinator of Experiential Learning

From the Chaplain
From the Chaplain

Baptism, Marriage and Weddings, Faith, New Beginnings and Epiphany’s (moments of sudden and great revelation or realization) all these things have been filling my head as I think about the gospel message from the Sunday’s in January. And this a time of year where many clergy take time off and parishes have a quiet month! For me reflecting on these themes has made for a great start to the school year.

The Epiphany story that we are most familiar with is account of Three Kings/Wiseman/Magi offering gifts to the baby Jesus. These characters had been mindful of this event for a lifetime. They had been anticipating the arrival of a messiah all their life. As had Simeon and Anna, whose story was celebrated last Sunday in the celebration of Candlemas/The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. In the Christian story this is when God is made manifest to the world. In part of the Christian Church, especially countries influence by the Spanish Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, Epiphany is THE festival, when families gather, worship together, exchange gifts and celebrate.

The revealed mystery of God is no longer, if it ever was, only for the chosen few. St Paul in Ephesians says it plainly, ‘There is no longer Jew of Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ’. This is the good news that Christians bear witness to make God’s glory known.

Today’s Gentiles (the ancient world’s rejected peoples) are the excluded, the shunned, the poor and marginalized. What are the gifts that we will offer to the world? How will we shine the light of Christ into a world that needs good news? Regardless of our faith status, we all appreciate and have benefited from the unconditional hope filled generosity of others. 

Like the Three Kings, Simeon and Anna, we all have things that we pay attention to. The needs others that we resonate with and that are readily drawn into our hearts and minds. As we approach the season of Lent, it is appropriate to think of the ways we might give greater emphasis to that which we care about and are passionate for, more prominence in our everyday living.

Magdalene Centre

Providing gifts of food and op shop items for the Magdalene Centre continues to be a regular opportunity for us to do something kind. Donations can be brought to the Chapel Foyer. Basket and boxes have been labelled so that we can sort and care for your donations. Thank you for your ongoing generosity

Special Services

Ash Wednesday is earlier this year, next Wednesday Week 3, February 14. A special service involving imposition of ashes will involve all students. It will take place at the beginning of the school day 8.40 am, in the Robert Henshall Gym involving Prep, Middle School and One Ninety. Kurrajong will have this service as part of the regular chapel on Thursday afternoon.

Chaplaincy for 2018

Reverend Michael Lane will work with the whole school community. Michael is at Pulteney every school day and is available to conduct special services, such as baptism, weddings at other times.

I can be contacted at any time for any pastoral needs. Please email, phone 8216 5512, 0434 297 879 or contact the school office. Let me know if you have an interest in saying Morning Prayer together. Please feel invited to join this or any other service.

Deep Peace,