From the Deputy Principal
It could be argued that the need for innovative, solution-focused, creative thinking could not be more important than the present, as we all seek to carefully navigate the trials and challenges cast by the pandemic. Workplaces, community groups, sporting clubs and schools all have needed to examine their practice and investigate and identify new ways to meet the needs of their employees, customers, members, participants, staff and students. For some, their ability to meet these needs has been met through invention or adaptation, while for others the solution has been found in practices from yesteryear.
As you read through the various articles included in this edition of Pulteney Review you will no doubt note the examples of how our School has needed to invent, adapt or indeed return to previous practices to ensure the needs our community are met during this time of crisis.
Through the invention of Pulteney@Home, our students were able to access our curriculum in a variety of different forms, at different times and present their work in their own creative way. Clever use of technology allowed our students to engage with their learning at anytime from anywhere. Pulteney@Home also allowed our students easy access to the ever-expanding online sources of information and knowledge required to solve problems using real time data. Our teachers continued to challenge our students’ thinking, encouraged their creativity and provided them with opportunities to explore and create meaningful connections with their peers and their teacher whilst participating in a virtual classroom environment.
Parent Teacher Student meetings, normally scheduled as face-to face conversations have been adapted to take place online. Initial feedback from teachers, parents and students has been positive and we are incredibly grateful to our community for their patience and care as we trial new initiatives that aim to maintain our strong bonds whilst not losing sight of the need to keep our community safe.
Over the past few months we have seen a renascence in the joy of letter writing as a means of communicating and connecting with others. The thrill of receiving a letter via post was fast becoming a thing of the past and yet students are now being encouraged to put their screens down and pick up a pen. Aged care facilities are urging children to reach out through letter writing as a means of connecting with the elderly who are finding long, extended periods of isolation difficult. As described later by Matthew King, Prep students have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships with Old Scholars through letter writing and are eagerly awaiting their response.
These are but a few examples of how our school has been agile and responsive in a time of uncertainty and change. However, it is critical that we learn from these experiences and reflect on our practice so that we can continue to make richer the learning experience for our students.
In the coming week, we will be seeking feedback from the Pulteney community regarding our online learning model, Pulteney@Home and the recently held online Parent Teacher Student meetings. Your input will be invaluable in guiding our practice moving forward. I encourage you to respond in due course and share your views with us.
It is wonderful to see Pulteney once again becoming the hive of activity and the energetic place that is well known. Pulteney is more than a school. It’s a strong, diverse and supportive community that fosters adventurous thinkers, and compassionate leaders. Thank you for your continued support for our school community during this time of challenge.