From the Principal
We acknowledge this land that we meet on today is the traditional lands for the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country.
We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today.
We also pay respects to the cultural authority of Aboriginal people visiting/attending from other areas of South Australia/Australia.
May 27 to June 3 marks National Reconciliation Week throughout Australia. Pulteney Grammar School proudly affirms the 2020 theme ‘we are in this together’ and the past week has seen various activities throughout the School in recognition of the occasion. Pulteney’s Reconciliation Action Plan provides that ‘our vision for reconciliation begins with our acknowledgement of the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people as original custodians of Australia. We recognise that their living culture and heritage shapes the identity of all Australians.’ The plan goes on to identify that ‘Pulteney has an enduring commitment to nurture and develop the whole person in each of our students. This commitment is not just a focus on academic excellence but a dedication to inspire a life-long love of learning that empowers our students to be critical thinkers.’ Reconciliation to Pulteney is ‘education of all members of our community about the heritage and current realities of our shared history’ and we proudly commit ourselves to ‘making a concerted effort to eliminate all forms of racism in our community and promote shared respect and cultural understanding. This is possible through sustained engagement with staff, students and community members.’
I am fortunate to, in the display case immediately opposite my office, pass by the School’s Kaurna Shield, carved by Elder Jack Buckskin from a tree located amongst the flora of the sporting grounds on South Terrace. The shield speaks of a continued and unbroken connection to the land by the Kaurna people and it is a great privilege for the School to share in this history.
I wrote to the school community last Friday to share the announcement of Mr Nick Brice’s appointment as Deputy Principal at Somerset College, Gold Coast Queensland. In the letter I observed that having recently undertaken such a move for the purpose of pursuing my career I have great empathy for Nick and the equal parts trepidation and excitement that come with such a decision. If Nick, his wife Lani, and their boys Harry and Parker, are fortunate enough to be welcomed into the Somerset community as my family and I have been welcomed to Pulteney, then I have absolute confidence that the move will present as a wonderful opportunity for the whole family. I look forward to the chance throughout the coming terms to celebrate and acknowledge Nick’s contribution to Pulteney Grammar School.
Congratulations to Ms Kirsty Hickman-Davis, Learning Area Leader for Languages, who has recently been appointed by the Goethe Institute of South Australia as their Professional Development Multi-Facilitator, a wonderful reflection on her outstanding teaching and emblematic of her standing in the teaching profession.