From the Principal

End of Year Celebrations

It has been wonderful to be a part of the many ceremonies celebrating the conclusion of one stage of schooling and the progression to the next.  The Year 6 and Year 2 Moving On ceremonies have been outstanding opportunities to celebrate the learning and growth of our students in Prep and Kurrajong.  Coming up later this week, Middle School students will celebrate with their final assembly.  On Sunday evening, the Parents and Friends of Pulteney hosted our Year 12 Valedictorians and their parents for dinner; it was a happy gathering, with families sharing their recollections of their young adult’s journey through the many highlights of being a student at Pulteney. 

Kurrajong Christmas was simply beautiful.  The joy on the children's faces as they waved from the stage to their families assembled in the Town Hall was wonderful to see.  I extend my thanks to all of the Kurrajong staff who provided support and guidance to our students throughout and to the teachers of Music - Meredith Wilson, Kym Wilson & Jonathon Rice as well as Jodi Sadecki who has supported the Kurrajong choir throughout the year.  Anna Mahoney & the Visual Arts Staff provided wonderful creative support.  It was a lovely celebration of all things Kurrajong!

As I write, the final preparations for “Pulteney Celebrates”, our annual awards evening held at the Convention Centre, are underway and I am looking forward to seeing many of our community there to witness the many awards, performances and presentations that encapsulate all of our outstanding achievements as a school in our 170th year. 

Staff News

It gives me great pleasure to share the following information with you:

Denise O’Loughlin has been reappointed as Head of Prep and we congratulate Denise on her appointment.

Two Sports Coordinators are joining Pulteney next year to support the work of Head of Sport, Huw Bowen, to deliver an outstanding co-curricular sports experience for all students.  Glyn Whatley, formerly the Physical Education Teaching and Learning Coordinator at both St Pauls and Pedare, will be joining us in this role, as well as Stewart Smith, who is currently the Director of Cricket at St Peters College and a SACA Coaching Development Facilitator.

James Burrows has been appointed as a Maths and Science Teacher for 2018. Emma Galdes will continue with us in 2018 and will be working as a Biology and Science Teacher.  Hilary Coleman will be joining us from Prince Alfred College on a replacement contract as a Chemistry and Science Teacher.

Richard Austin has been appointed to the replacement position of Visual Arts, Design and Photography Teacher and, in Kurrajong, five ELC Educators have been appointed for 2018; we congratulate Renee Ierace, Jacinta Caraccio, Ellen Johnson, Laura Danvers and Candice Rowberry.

With thanks

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all who have contributed to our wonderful community throughout 2017.  It has been a year of much celebration and many successes.

I extend my very best wishes to all for a safe and peaceful festive season and I look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2018.

Anne Dunstan