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Pulteney Review, Week 8, Term 4

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


2017 Chinese Language Award Winner

Congratulations to Charlotte Jarmer

On Friday 1 December 2017, the Chinese Language Awards Ceremony was held at the Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide. We were pleased to nominate Charlotte Jarmer (Year 4) as the recipient of this award. This annual award recognises enthusiastic and successful learners of the Chinese language and culture. Award winners and their parents attended an inspirational evening of celebration and encouragement for Chinese language learning. 

Min Min Huang

Chinese Teacher (Reception-Year 4) 

Debating SA Winner

Recently, I was thrilled to be invited to watch Finn Boylen be awarded the prestigious title of Best Speaker for the Year 6/7 Division from Debating SA.

This year is Finn’s first experience with Debating and to win this award in a competition with over 40 teams, and at least 120 speakers, is an amazing achievement.

It caps off an incredible team for the young Pulteney Grammar School Blue 6/7 team that finished the season undefeated on top of the ladder. Incredibly, they also were granted the highest points total of any team in any of the divisions (including the Senior teams).

Congratulations and gratitude goes to the coach of the team, Elizabeth Guilfoyle, and the other debaters in the team including Philip Chjou, Declan Clarke, Lachlan Perry, and Addi Shwartz.


Justin Putland

Debating Coordinator

From the Chaplain
Looking Forward to Christmas

Advent is my favourite liturgical season. As I reflect, I recognise that it contributed to a deepening of my adult faith formation. As a child, my family was always away at the beach shack for the summer weekends and Christmas holidays, they were idyllic holidays and the time seemed to last forever. One consequence was that we never went to church. When I was first married, I worked as a chef and my wife was a nurse. Later I became a school teacher. This time of year is ridiculously busy for these professions, almost punishingly so, requiring real stamina to survive the work and the celebrations.

And yet, at this crazy busy time, Advent for me became a time of highly engaged worship. Sunday morning was often the only time I had off at this time of year and it was spent with my family in church. My wife is a talented musician and at that time she was a dedicated church musician and passionate liturgist. We sang Advent themed hymns, learned a new mass thanksgiving music setting, often sang the confession and there was commitment to making the very most of the times of silence in the worship. The world of Christmas carols and exhausting shopping seemed a long way off. I was fortunate in that my colleagues wondered respectfully why I would choose church and worship with family as the only down time and relaxation that I might have in a week. I was blessed with curious questions from colleagues, and was not judged a fool or put down by expressing my faith in this way.

From this experience, long ago in my early adult life, I have come to believe that Advent is a wonderful antidote to the fatigue that both the busyness, and unrelenting ‘Father commercial Christmas’ culture that can comes over us at this time of year. I encountered this year, people who work in both the church and schools, who during the second week of November, that’s right even before the pageant, who were already feeling overwhelmed and jaded by the busyness that was ahead of them.

So, what is Advent all about and why do I think it is important to engage with Advent thinking in the lead up to Christmas? The truth is that Advent is about seemingly contradictory things. Advent is a season of expectation, preparation and waiting. As the church and Christians prepare to celebrate the coming adventus of Christ in his incarnation, Advent also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The bible readings and liturgical celebrations not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the themes of divine judgment.

On the one hand the themes of Love, Peace, Joy and Hope are explored over the four weeks. In times gone by the last four themes of Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell would have also been explored. I believe it is well worth all our whiles to challenge our pre-Christmas busyness with the reflective challenge and inspiration of Advent thinking. The world's busyness is certainly pointed towards Christmas but increasingly thinking and things of substance and enduring worth are being eroded by commercial and materialistic emphasis.

Advent offers a perspective on our lives that enhances the presence of God. It does confront us with the reality of our fragile and finite lives however we are continually assured of God’s merciful love, especially in times of struggle. Advent helps us to better see our lives as journey and while there are times when our lives feel a ‘bit rubbish’ or frustrating, overall our lives lived as a pilgrimage to and with God, is a life that is being forever enriched in ways that we perhaps do not always appreciate.

For example, the theme of waiting, praying, being patient, not always the most scintillating experiences and yet can be times when the most amazing things can happen. Often it is in waiting that we realise how much we love and are loved, a child is born after much waiting, someone is healed or arrives homes safe and sound after a time of waiting. When we wait, our own everyday distracting busyness becomes almost meaningless, that which clutters our mind has chance to fall away- as we wait. Peace gets a chance.

Our Advent times of waiting are times to be healed, to make things better, to make things complete and a time for renewal. Our life’s journey is rightly a pilgrimage marked with celebrations, dinner parties, important gatherings of family and friends. Our lives are also nourished by noticing the small, seemingly inconsequential events- birdsong, a stranger’s smile, sunrises, the distant sound of childish laughter- seemingly fleeting moments of delightful peace. That which is holy, breaks into our everyday.

I wish you a blessed and peace filled Christmas, preceded by a wondrous Advent.   

Dear God,

May we know that there is no situation in our world, or in our own lives, that the birth of Christ cannot touch with wonder, beauty and transformation. Amen.

 Magdalene Centre Christmas Hampers

The Pulteney Community has a strong tradition of helping the Magdalene Centre in the lead-up to Christmas. The Magdalene Centre is preparing to give away 500+ Christmas Hampers of food, toys and gifts to those in need. All donations are greatly appreciated. As we all know finding the right gift for a teenager is sometimes perplexing so if you have any gifts suitable for a teenager they will be especially welcomed.  Please leave items in the chapel foyer.

Pulteney Christmas Services

Pulteney’s St Peter’s Cathedral Festive Carols Service will take place on Friday, December 8, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Pulteney Community’s Christmas Nativity Service, will be at 6:00 pm on Sunday, December 24, in the school Chapel.

Celebrate the Christmas story with all the family. Children can participate in the nativity play. All your favorite Christmas carols. A talented guest organist will put the beautiful chapel organ through its paces. Followed by refreshments- let’s celebrate together the Christmas season.

Chaplaincy Contact

I can be contacted at any time, email, phone 8216 5512 / 0434 297 879 or contact the school office

Deep Peace,


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