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Pulteney Review Week 8 Term 4

From the Principal
End of Year Celebrations

I have heard in the last few weeks several parents and staff comment on the pace at which this year has flown.  It is interesting to note that I have not heard many students comment on this.  Perhaps it is my age?!  There is some research to suggest that a slowing metabolism as we age may influence our perception of time.   Other research suggests a drop in dopamine levels may make time appear to run faster.  Another theory is that the more familiar we become with the regular, day-to-day experiences of life, the faster time seems to go, and largely, this familiarity increases with age. No matter what the theory, there is no doubt that this year has been jam-packed with wonderful experiences for everyone in our school community.

It has been wonderful to be a witness to Kurrajong Christmas, the Year 6 Graduation and see the excitement on the faces of our Year 2 students after their Moving On ceremony.  On Sunday evening, the Parents and Friends of Pulteney hosted our Year 12 Valedictorians and their parents for dinner and I thank the Deputy Principal, Mr Greg Atterton, the Director of Community Relations, Mr Mark Bourchier and Ms Annie Kwok, as well as the Parents and Friends Committee, for giving of their time to this event. 

Pulteney Celebrates was a brilliant celebration of our school community and the outstanding efforts of our students, with awards and prizes spanning Kurrajong to Year 12 and a final acknowledgement of our Valedictorians.  I thank all of the staff who contributed to the success of the evening (the planning for which begins over two terms in advance).  Thank you, too, to all of the students who presented speeches and performed so brilliantly.  It truly was a memorable night. 

Staff News

Sally Leonard (School Nurse) has informed me of her resignation, with her last day at Pulteney being 14 December 2018.  Sal has shown such wonderful care and compassion for students, staff and parents since 2006.  Her warmth and dedication will be sorely missed.  Whilst it is very sad for us to say farewell to Sal, she has been appointed to an exciting new role at Immanuel Primary School and we wish her every success in the future.

I am pleased to advise of the continuation of employment in 2019 at Pulteney for the following staff:

  • Richard Austin – Middle School and one ninety Art and Design
  • James Burrows – Middle School Mathematics, Science and Wellbeing
  • Hilary Coleman – one ninety Chemistry
  • Jess Greco – Middle School and one ninety English and Critical Film Studies
  • Michael Moularas – Middle School Physical Education, English, Humanities and Wellbeing
  • Terry-Ann Newman – Kurrajong Year 1 Term 1 replacement (for Natalie Natsias, Acting Head of Kurrajong)
  • Olivia Taheny – one ninety Mathematics
  • Glyn Whatley – Middle School and one ninety Physical Education and Middle School Science (in addition to Sports Coordination)
 Staff who have recently commenced this term:
  • Todd Andrews – Sports Coordination
  • Will Beedham – Rowing
  • Belinda Richards – Human Resources
 Newly appointed staff for 2019 include:
  • Karen Bruce – Laboratory Technician Science
  • Elisabeth Fiddler – Kurrajong Year 2
  • Matthew King – Prep School Year 5
  • Rachael Torbet – Prep School Year 6
With thanks

I express my deep gratitude to all who have contributed to our wonderful School throughout 2018.  At Pulteney we are so fortunate to have so many generous people who volunteer, role model, give and collaborate. 

I extend my very best wishes to all for a safe and peaceful festive season and I look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2019, the School’s 20th anniversary of co-education, for a new year of learning.


Anne Dunstan

Middle School Summer Anglican Cup

After the disappointment of 2018 when we had to cancel this event due to heat, we were very excited to hold our inaugural version of this event with our partner school Pedare, St John’s and Woodcroft.  Games were played in softball, cricket, tennis, volleyball and touch football.

Such was the success of the day that the intention is to not only hold this as an annual event but also to look to introduce a winter version in 2019.  The reason for the success is simply because students from all schools engaged in a hugely positive manner, both when playing and also in between games when students went to support their friends playing other sports. 

A very even day of competition across all the sports saw Woodcroft declared the overall winner.

Sports Coordinator: Todd Andrews

We are delighted that Todd was able to start in his role at the beginning of week 6.  Todd has a wealth of experience and expertise in coaching, high performance sport and sports administration.  He will be coordinating athletics, cricket, softball, cross country, football and hockey.

Director of Rowing: Will Beedham

Starting last week, Will commenced his duties in the rowing and sports program.  Will brings extensive experience and expertise to our program and he will work very closely with Rowing Coordinator Richard Sexton.

Online Nomination

If you are experiencing any difficulties with the online nomination please contact This is the most efficient way in which to resolve issues.  If you have not already done so the online nomination will remain open until Friday 14 December.   If you have logged onto the online sports nomination you may have noticed that athletics and cross country are not listed – this is deliberate.  Please be assured we have ‘big’ plans for Athletics and Cross Country.


·     We have big plans to go even better in 2019 than 2018.  This includes a 2 day meet against Scotch as part of Collegiate Cup, entering the SSSA Western zone meeting and looking to host a Pulteney midweek meet on our track.  As well as the State Champs in week 11 and the KO competition in early Term 2.

·     Todd Andrews will be coordinating athletics in 2019 and he has already met with our coaches to start planning and we have held our first training session (last Wednesday) – there is another training session this Wednesday for sprinters and hurdlers.

·     Students wo were involved in 2018 will be approached to be involved in 2019 as opposed to nominating.  Those students who want to be involved just come out to the practices in 2019 and get involved that way.  Many students may not yet know they have ability and potential so we will be approaching you if you show talent in your PE lessons or at Sports Day which is in week 6.

Cross Country
  • The same process will be incorporated in cross country.
  • House Cross Country is in Term 2 week 1 and we will identify potential runners from that event.
  • We want to have ‘full’ teams (usually 4) to enter in the State Champs

 Rest assured that we have plans for Athletics and Cross Country.


Three Pulteney volleyball teams will depart this coming Saturday to compete in the Australian Volleyball Schools Cup in Melbourne – a weeklong event.  This is the first time Pulteney has competed in this event and our teams have spent the year preparing.  The teams will gather in the Quad this Friday morning at 8.00am for an informal good bye and good luck.


From January 14 – 18 2019 Pulteney will host a weeklong 1st XI cricket festival.  Schools attending are The Kings School (Sydney), The Southport School (Southport) and Scotch Oakburn (Launceston).  Games of 50 overs will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday is designated a rest day and T20s will be played on Friday.

Australian All School Championships / Athletics / Cairns

Good luck to our Pulteney athletes Angus Winter, Gabriel Wilson and Will Evans who are representing SA at the above event from this Friday 

Huw Bowen
Head of Sport

LEGO Robotics

The Pulteney Pro Programmers LEGO Robotics team participated in the regional finals on Saturday 10 November. The team was made up of the following Prep and Middle School students: Mark Xu, Diesel Kereru, Lucy Wilson, Owen White, Niah Kilgariff-Johnson, Philip Tan, Charles Delin, Julian Grobelski and Lachlan Perry. The competition involves three distinct components: research project, robot design and programming and core values.

The research project involved using the theme “Into Orbit” to inspire an original idea that could be utilised by Space Travellers in the future. Our team looked at the psychological impact of being confined to a small space ship with a large number of people for an extended period of time. The team ended up developing an application to track, monitor and assist the wellbeing of space travellers.

Robot design is always a very challenging part of the competition. The students need to look at the game board and design a series of contraptions to push, pull, collect, deliver and interact with various puzzles on the board. They also need to write programs that drive the robot with enormous precision and accuracy around the game board.

The final component is the Core Values interview where the students undergo an intense interview with the judges to ascertain how they have worked as a team and how they have demonstrated “Gracious Professionalism” throughout the season. The students are also observed over competition day to ensure that all team members are being actively included in each aspect of the competition. To the team’s credit, they impressed the judges so much that they won the Teamwork award and a place in the State Championships which was held two weeks later.

The State Championships were held on Saturday 24 November. The team once again presented their project and undertook the core value interview. In the two weeks leading up to this event, team members worked hard to improve their robot. On the day, the focus and determination of the team to produce their best run was evident every time they took to the practice tables. However, we were unable to replicate the runs practised on the game table and we didn’t progress any further in the competition this year. Nevertheless, the whole team should be very proud of all they have achieved throughout the season. Mr. Ranieri and I have both seen enormous growth in all team members and we hope that many of them will be back for the 2019 season.

Georgie Buenfeld
Learning Area Leader – Digital Technologies

Chinese Language Award Ceremony

On Friday 23rd November 2018, nine Year 2 students sang a beautiful Chinese song at the South Australian Chinese Language Award Ceremony, held at Elder Hall. Students that were involved were Max Kazimierczak, Sienna Young, Dora Rossi-Fedele, Mia Santrac, Georgia Vickers, Sally Yan, Arwyn Soi, Isobel Slater and Sophie Perkins.

At the ceremony, Max Kazimierczak (Year 2) and Bronte Donald (Year 9) both received a Chinese Language Award for their enthusiasm, commitment and hard work in learning Chinese. Bronte also received Second Prize for the Chinese video competition, with her product called ‘Eating Colours for Health’. In the video she spoke confidently in Chinese about the benefits of eating healthy food.

Congratulations to all the students who participated and a special thank you to the parents who took the students to this event.

Minmin Huang & Robbin Wang
Mandarin Teachers


2019 Book List Now Available

2019 Book Lists Now Available

New Books and Stationery 2019 Booklists are now available online!

To order books through Campion online, please visit

Please follow the links to Pulteney Grammar and then your son/daughter’s appropriate year level.

The Resource list code is MUTG

Book orders are due by 7 December and will be delivered to your home.


It is hard to believe that the end of 2018 is nigh! A short 8 week term means that we are extra prepared in OSHC and have an action packed Vacation Care program available already! It will run from Monday 10 December to Friday 21 December (2 weeks) and from Monday 7 January to Friday 25 January (3 weeks). The program and forms are available here, in hard copy at OSHC and on Microsoft Forms using a QR code scanner from posters around Kurrajong. 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for helping to make my year as Acting Director of OSHC such a positive experience. I will be stepping back into my role in the ELC as Ali Flynn is returning to OSHC in Term 1, 2019.

We hope to see you in the holidays!

Todd Kerber

Acting Director of OSHC

Upcoming events

Save the date for the following Pulteney events!


Friday 7 December 7.00pm

PGS Carols Service at St Peter’s Cathedral 

Monday December 24 6.00pm

PGS Christmas Nativity Service
at Chapel of St Augustine, Pulteney