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.
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. 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)
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)