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Pulteney Review Weekly Term 2, Week 6 2020

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.

Staffing announcements

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.

Cameron Bacholer


From the Deputy Principal
A Penny For Your Thoughts…….Parent Survey

During a recent Pulteney Review article, I shared that ‘the need for innovative, solution-focused, creative thinking could not be more important than the present, as we continue 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’.

Our school was swift to act during a time of challenge, quickly putting in place the necessary steps to ensure continuity of teaching and learning through our online learning model called Pulteney@Home.

Pulteney@Home offered a solution that allowed the school to move, temporarily, to a virtual learning platform while our campus remained open and gave students and teachers access to the best possible mix of online tools and onsite support services to allow students’ learning to continue uninterrupted. A deliberate focus of Pulteney@Home was its strong emphasis on wellbeing and facilitated ways for students to remain connected with their peers, their teachers and their school.

More recently, parents of students in the Middle and Senior School have had the opportunity to attend Parent Teacher Student Meetings online via video conferencing using Microsoft Teams where important information about their child’s progress was discussed in detail.

The realisation of our Pulteney@Home program and Online Parent Teacher Student Meetings has been a real team effort and we have learnt a great deal through implementing these two new initiatives in such a short amount of time.

However, we are keen to seek feedback from parents, students and teachers regarding their experience with the Pulteney@Home program and online meetings through a series of short surveys.

A link to the Parent Survey can found here and will only take a few minutes to complete.

The survey will remain open until Wednesday 17 June and, importantly, your feedback will inform and guide our practice moving forward.

I would like to thank and acknowledge our school community for the support, encouragement and patience you provided as we implemented these new initiatives. I look forward to sharing the results of the surveys with you in future Pulteney Review articles.

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal 





Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

one ninety

As Principal Bacholer notes in this week’s edition of PRW, my tenure as Head of one ninety and teacher at Pulteney Grammar School will come to a close at the end of 2020. This decision is directly related to my acceptance of the role of Deputy Head at Somerset College (Queensland).

This decision has been a difficult one. Although I am excited by the prospect and challenge of my impending move and new position, I am truly very saddened to leave Pulteney Grammar School.

I was awarded the position of Head of one ninety at the end of 2014 and commenced in 2015. Principal Anne Dunstan offered me the position, much to my delight but also surprise. Although eager, I was inexperienced. Thankfully, Principal Dunstan obviously saw something in me that she believed could grow and benefit the community. I am forever thankful and indebted to her for this decision.

Throughout my time at Pulteney, I have worked to honour the School’s history and with the intent to assist its future. With this in mind, I am proud of the work I have done over my six-year tenure and readily acknowledge that it could not have been fulfilled without the wonderful Executive, teaching and support staff that I have been so exceptionally fortunate to work with.

My partner (Lani) and I would also like to formally acknowledge the wonderful educators of Kurrajong who have helped and cared for our son, Parker, over the last year and a half in ELC. I look forward to him being in their care for the rest of the 2020 academic calendar year as we know that he is in good hands.

There will be time in the coming months to say farewell and I look forward to continuing my dedicated work until the end of the academic year. But I do take this opportunity to publicly state that I will miss Pulteney. I will miss the grounds, the comradery of staff and, most of all, the students.

Teaching is a profession I dearly love as it is firmly grounded in relationships. I will miss all the relationships I have forged at Pulteney… but am thankful for the opportunity to have fostered them in the first place.

But, as stated, there is still six months to go and much to look forward to and assist with. Examinations, the re-scheduled Navy Blue Formal, Valedictory and other key events all require attention and I am eager and enthusiastic for these to be the focus. The show goes on!

I would also like to take this opportunity acknowledge that, for the next three months, Mrs Leanne Zikos will take her considerable skills and talents over to Wheaton House where she will assume the role of Executive Assistant to the Business Director and Director of Human Resources. Mrs Zikos will be greatly missed in the Centre for Senior Learning, by both students and staff, but we look forward to her return towards the end of August.

Mrs Kiri Marshall, who has been at  the school for over twelve years in Kurrajong, will take on this role and we welcome her to our sub-school. In fact, Mrs Marshall will be particularly welcomed by long-serving Year 10 - 12 students who will remember her from their time in Kurrajong. 

Nicholas Brice

Head of one ninety

Middle School
Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation week began on Wednesday 27 May. In the Middle School, during Tutor time, students have been exploring significant political and historical moments in our Indigenous peoples battle for equality and recognition. 

To make it significant, relevant and engaging for our students I asked Mr John McCall, Learning Area for English, and Mark McGarry, TRT and Supervision Manager, who are both excellent musicians, if they would perform the Paul Kelly song, “From Little Things Big Things Grow’, for our virtual Middle School assembly, which they did. Accompanied by John’s brother-in-law, Julian Ferraretto, on violin (John performs with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra) they produced a very passionate version of Paul Kelly’s magnificent song about the indigenous Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari.

The story of Vincent Lingiari AM, as the song lyrics tell us, is about the battle of a quietly spoken, and humble man against the Vestey Group, a powerful British Beef Company. Vincent with 200 indigenous stockmen initially went on strike because of the inequity in wages. They were receiving one fifth of the wage of the non-indigenous stockmen. It grew to be a battle for the Gurindji people’s right to their land. The battle lasted 9 years and eventually, in 1975, the then Prime Minister, Gough Whitlam, acknowledged the Gurindji people's right to land and handed over the leasehold title to the Gurindji people.

In 1977 Vincent Lingiari was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Aboriginal rights and for being a role model to all Australians.

It is a significant story in the history of Australia and one of many stories that we want our students to be aware, and to understand the significance of, so they may one day help to forge the way to fixing the disparity between our First Nations people, and the wider Australian community.

Click HERE to see and hear John McCall and Mark McGarry (with John’s brother in-law,) performing Paul Kelly’s ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’ for Reconciliation Week.

House Chant Videos

And now to announce the Middle School House Chant video winner, with points going toward the House Spirit Cup. The judging was difficult as all the videos were impressive, so I enlisted Rev Tracey to provide her expert opinion.  Each House video had its merits in different areas and all the House chants are impressive. It will be exciting to hear the House chants in action at Rungie Cup and other House events. 

The winner of the House chant video is Moore-Sunter, followed closely in second place by Cawthorne-Nicholls. Third place goes to Bleby-Howard and fourth to Kennion-Miller.

Congratulations to the Middle School Moore-Sunter House!

Homework Club

The Middle School Homework Club is starting up again from this week.  The Inclusive Education Team are offering study support for Years 7-12 on a Tuesday night in the Centre for Senior Learning from 3.45pm until 4.30.

On Wednesday, Middle School teaching staff have volunteered to run homework support in Room MS2.6 from 3.45pm until 4.30pm.

Students wishing to attend the Homework Club on either the Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, simply need to turn up with their books and diary. If they are having difficulties with any aspect of their homework, they will be able to receive teacher support.


The boys’ grey trousers are now available for purchase from the Uniform shop, so we are expecting more students to be wearing their winter uniform.

To clarify our current uniform expectations, students are to wear their winter uniform on any day that they do not have a PE class or sport practice. When students have PE or sports practice, they are to wear their PE uniform for the entire day, as we still do not want students gathering in the changerooms.

Parent support with the correct wearing of the winter uniform is always appreciated. We expect students will wear their uniform with pride ensuring their top button is done up, shirts tucked in and the boys wearing grey, not white, socks.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School


Prep School
Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation Art Workshops

The highlight of this week for a group of Year 5 and 6 students in the Prep School was their participation in an Art workshop, run by Anna Mahoney, supporting the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation has been actively supporting the health care workers and families at the Hospital during COVID 19. As part of this, they decided to install a pop-up art exhibit featuring rainbows and inspirational messages in one of their buildings. 

The Prep School students brainstormed their thoughts and ideas about hope, happiness, colour and joy as they began their half day workshop then decorated calico bags with their messages using vibrant, colourful designs.   Their artwork is currently on display as part of the pop-up exhibition in the ground floor of 55 King William Road – across the street from the Hospital.

This was a wonderful opportunity for the Prep School children to become active in their support for the wider community and to further develop the skills required to be thoughtful, compassionate and cooperative in their approach to others and the world around them.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep School

Year 6 Sustainability

During Term 2, the Year 6 classes focused on sustainability and ways we can improve our planet Earth by living a cleaner life. The children have been exploring renewable energies and writing letters to the editor, as a strategy to persuade others along the way. Each student also researched their own local council area to find out about the removal of rubbish and this led to the children looking closer at how they and their families should sort their rubbish into the various bins provided.

As well as creating a colourful display of helpful posters for our classrooms, the Year 6 students have been helping out with the trash at home, and thus keeping the whole family accountable and responsible with their recycling and green waste. The students are only half-way through the topic for this term, but have already learnt a lot, and are now looking forward to starting a project to research one of the renewable energies in more detail.

Matthew King, Robyn Cox and Claire Drogemuller

Year 6 classroom teachers

OSHC Vacation Care Booking Form

I am pleased to announce that the OSHC July 2020 Vacation Care program and booking forms are now available. 

You can find a copy of the Vacation Care booking form at OSHC, online, HERE or on the Pulteney website .  Any bookings received after the due date will incur a late booking fee of $5 per day, per child.

Please also note that if your child has a medical condition, such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc, we require an updated Medical Action Plan. Numerous Action Plans are currently out of date and will need reviewing by your child's medical practitioner.

Please also be mindful that we do not have access to the onsite nurse in the school holiday period and will require all medication and updated Medical Action Plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child. Your child will not be able to attend OSHC if these are not provided prior to their attendance.

If you require any further information, feel free to contact me via email or phone.

Vancy Truong

OSHC Acting Director



Last Wednesday Kurrajong students participated in the National Simultaneous Storytime session by listening to the book titled ‘Whitney and Britney: Chicken Divas’ at the scheduled time. This event is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books.

This was what Year 1Y thought of the book:

“It was better than I have ever seen, too good”. Asha
“I loved it so much”. Chloe
“I loved it because it’s so interesting”. Olivia
“It was amazing because of the part when Dora burst out and threw her jacket off”.  Harrison

Pulteney Storybook Series

Each Friday we will be sharing a storybook online read by one of our Pulteney staff members. We hope your family enjoys listening to the books selected each week by members of our school community. Storytelling helps to build connections among people and improves listening skills that are essential in learning and in relationships and assists with literacy to help develop a love of reading. This week, the Head of Middle School, Mr Paul Ryan is sharing a book titled ‘The Monster at the End of this Book’ by Jon Stone. You can see the video HERE

OSHC Vacation Care Booking Form

I am pleased to announce that the OSHC July 2020 Vacation Care program and booking forms are now available. 

You can find a copy of the Vacation Care booking form at OSHC, online, HERE or on the Pulteney website .  Any bookings received after the due date will incur a late booking fee of $5 per day, per child.

Please also note that if your child has a medical condition, such as anaphylaxis, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy etc, we require an updated Medical Action Plan. Numerous Action Plans are currently out of date and will need reviewing by your child's medical practitioner.

Please also be mindful that we do not have access to the onsite nurse in the school holiday period and will require all medication and updated Medical Action Plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child. Your child will not be able to attend OSHC if these are not provided prior to their attendance.

If you require any further information, feel free to contact me via email or phone.

Vancy Truong

OSHC Acting Director


Tel: 08 8216 5545
Mob: 0459 881 682



I would like to let you all know that Kiri Marshall will be fulfilling a position as PA to the senior school in the Centre for Senior Learning until the end of Term 2. Mrs Sandy Daher will be replacing Kiri in the Front Office in Kurrajong during this time. Sandy is very excited to be joining us in Kurrajong and getting to know our community of learners. We will miss Kiri but we wish her all the best with this appointment.

Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong



Health and Wellbeing

As winter approaches, we would like to remind you we have several students in our school community who have compromised immune systems.

As you can imagine, schools are great places for infectious diseases to spread, so it is important adults take on the responsibility to ensure the potential for infection is minimised.

Gastro and flu type illnesses are once again amongst us, so it is timely to remind parents that if your child is presenting with vomiting, diarrhoea, cough, sore throat, a temperature above 37.5, shortness of breath or other infectious illness symptoms, they should remain absent from school for a minimum 24 hour period after symptom cessation. This is to ensure they do not infect others.  It is also important to include any student who is being tested for COVID-19 or influenza, that they should remain at home in self-isolation until test results are known.

COVID-19, influenza, chicken pox, shingles and measles are notifiable infectious diseases. If your child has one of these diseases verified by a doctor, it is important you notify the school immediately.

It is vital we all adhere to these requests to minimise student and staff illness during the school year.

Changes to Health Centre Times

Please note the Health Centre will be closed daily 11:45-12:15pm until the end of term. 

In the event that assistance is required during this time, Sub School Personal Assistants, who hold current First Aid qualifications, will be on hand to provide care and attention. School nurses will remain contactable via phone should their expertise be required.

Thank you for your support

Sharon Bowering and Karen Quinn

School Nurses / Registered Nurses 

From the Chaplain
Whole School Fundraiser

This term we are holding a whole school fundraiser to support the Magdalene Centre and the Red Shield Appeal. 

To introduce our fundraiser to staff and students, classes from various sub-schools helped me lead our chapel services so that we could discuss the reasons why we choose to give to those in need. An important aspect of giving is not how much we give but how we choose to give, and I believe that when we choose to give from the heart, then we are giving in abundance.  

The Wellbeing Team decided to hold a can drive so that we can help re-stock the shelves of the Magdalene pantry when they re-open. We were hoping to form a human chain to reach the doors of the Magdalene Centre, which is situated in Gilbert street, but due to COVID-19, this cannot happen. So, our aim is to hypothetically reach the doors of the Magdalene Centre by collecting at least 1200 cans. 

On Friday June 12, (Week 7) we will hold a casual clothes day. To participate in this fundraiser, students are invited to bring in a can or cans. They can also wear a splash of red to support the Red Shield Appeal. 

On Thursday June 18 (Week 8) at noon…

  • Kurrajong will use their cans to make the logo of the Mary Magdalene Centre for a publicity photo. 
  • The Prep school will use their cans to create a can scrabble board for a publicity photo.
  • The Senior & Middle School Houses will use their cans to create community service words for a publicity photo.

After this event, there will be a Sausage Sizzle & Music in the Quad for Middle and Senior school students. The costs for the sausage sizzle lunch are $3 mega combo [sausage & bread + Can] $2 [for sausage & bread] $1.50 can of soft drink. Vego patties will also be available. The monies raised from the BBQ will be donated to the Red Shield Appeal.  

Could you please encourage your child to think of those in need by selecting a can or two when you are next at the supermarket. Your support is greatly appreciated. 

 Rev. Tracey

Parents and Friends of Pulteney

Date : Friday June 5

Time : 8.00am -9.30am

Location: Ground Floor, PGS Middle School

If you have any uniform items you would like to donate, or include on consignment, the requirements are :

  1. Must be in the current style
  2. Freshly laundered
  3. No hats or socks can be accepted.

For items offered on consignment please include your name/mobile number/ $ price

Available items can be left in Mark Bourchier’s office in Wheaton House by 4 June.

Any proceeds raised from  donated goods, will benefit the Pulteney Foundation’s Student Fund and P&F Scholarship Funds.

If you have any questions, please feel welcome to call me on 0403 090 395 or Mark on

8216 5504.


Sue Loftes

President Parents and Friends

From the Head of Sport

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