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Pulteney Review Weekly. Term 3, Week 4 2020


From the Principal
Covid-19 Update

Below is a transcript of information forwarded to families on Friday 7 August.

Dear members of the Pulteney Grammar School community,

The recent week has seen two schools closed due to the reappearance of confirmed cases of coronavirus. As you are aware, Pulteney has, and will continue, to maintain a cautious approach consistent with state and federal guidelines. At this point in time no further advice has been provided to schools for consideration or action. Throughout the coming weeks, it is possible that there will be cause to re-introduce some restrictions or to alter arrangements as guidelines may require. We will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible in these situations and thank you in advance for your understanding of what this might demand.

Yesterday, some 6,000 tests were undertaken across Adelaide at the various voluntary and free clinics available to the general public without either referral or booking. It can be presumed that this will continue for the time being. Could I take this opportunity to reiterate the following health advice and Covid-19 testing protocols:

Covid-19 Testing

SA Health advises that anyone may be tested and that everyone who displays, even very mildly, the following symptoms should be tested: 

  • fever OR chills (with no alternative illness that explains these symptoms)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • loss of taste and smell

After a Covid-19 test, SA Health advises to go straight home and self-isolate while you wait for your test result (which should be provided within 48 hours) and:

  • stay at home and do not attend work, school or childcare
  • wash your hands often with soap and water
  • cough and sneeze into a clean tissue or your elbow
  • avoid close contact with others, including members of your household.
Covid-19 testing requirements – essential travellers

Essential travellers returning from Victoria are required to be tested on return to South Australia and self-quarantine for 14 days. During this time, a returned essential traveller is expected to keep a register of close contacts for the duration of their self-quarantine.

Pulteney would ask that should a member of the household be an essential traveller to Victoria, that you please contact the appropriate Head of School to advise them of this.

 

Cameron Bacholer

Principal

From the Deputy Principal
Parent Teacher Student Meetings - Years 7 to 12

During this term, you will have the opportunity to schedule a meeting with your child’s subject teachers where information regarding student progress will be discussed in greater detail. Students are encouraged to attend the Parent Teacher Student Meetings and participate in the discussion about their learning across a variety of curriculum areas.

In keeping with Covid-19 safe guidelines and to minimise risk to the School community, Parent Teacher Student Meetings will again take place online via video conferencing using Microsoft Teams. In light of parent feedback received through the survey, Parent Teacher Student Meetings are specifically scheduled for Monday 31 August and Tuesday 1 September (4.00 – 6.00pm each day) and Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September (4.00 – 6.00pm each day). Important instructions regarding online Parent Teacher Student Meetings will be provided to parents closer to the meeting dates. All meetings are 10 minutes’ duration.

I am pleased to inform you that the Parent Teacher Student Meeting booking facility for Years 7 to 12 will open on Tuesday 18 August at 10.00am.

Year 7, 8 & 9 classes will be undertaking Student Led Conferences this term. They differ from the teacher-directed Parent/Teacher/Student meetings for Year 10, 11 & 12, as the student is actively involved in the process, reporting about their own learning. In Student Led Conferences students present their reflection on their learning to their parents and their teacher, allowing them to demonstrate their individual growth, strengths, areas for improvement and achievements that they are proud of.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with your child’s teachers, please access the Synergetic Community Portal link on the Pulteney website (www.pulteney.sa.edu.au/community/parents/) after the opening date.  Please use your personal access code (which will be emailed to you) to log into the system to make bookings with teachers.

Sessions in the first week are as follows:

Years 7 – 12 

Monday 31 August from 4.00 to 6.00pm

Tuesday 1 September from 4.00 to 6.00pm

The booking portal for these sessions will close Monday 24 August at 12 noon.

Sessions in the second week are as follows:

Years 7 – 12

Monday 7 September from 4.00 to 6.00pm

Thursday 10 September from 4.00 to 6.00pm

The booking portal for these sessions will close Monday 31 August at 12 noon.

In the event of a teacher being fully booked or if you are unable to attend the meeting sessions, parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher via the email links on the portal.

For assistance with the booking process, please contact Mrs Kelly Martin (PA to the Middle School) on 8216 5599 or Mrs Kiri Marshall (PA to one ninety) on 8216 5548.

The Middle School and one ninety teachers look forward to meeting with you and your child later this term to formally discuss your child's progress.  However, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Tutor or subject teacher should you have any queries about your child’s academic progress.

 

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

This Week's Update

You can view this week's update presented by Denise O'Loughlin and Paul Ryan here.

 

Communications Reminder

During 2018, we initiated a school-wide communications audit titled ‘One Pulteney’.

The aim of the audit was to provide a comprehensive review of the communication practices utilised across sub-schools and departments at Pulteney over a two year period, and review the timing and frequency, channels utilised, messaging and formatting of our communications to the wider community. This came as a direct result of feedback from parents, who expressed an overload of correspondence from Pulteney. 

The audit revealed an excessive amount of communications disseminated tofamilies via a multitude of channels including email, mail, handouts, multiple digital platforms (Apps), newsletters, telephone calls and SMS.

Our goal remains to ensure a connected experience for families and a proactive, respectful process of communication that ensures a level of consistency in quality, timing, medium, branding, language and messaging so that you – our families – experience ‘One Pulteney’, throughout your child’s journey at our School.

As a result of One Pulteney, the School has revised its approach to communicating news and information with families, and enclosed you will find an infographic, which provides a summary of our communication channels to families.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to let the head of your Sub School know.

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Middle School
Up-coming Middle School Events

In the Middle School we also have a number of events happening: 

  • The Year 9 Camp is being held in Week 9 of this term and we have an Information night for parents on Wednesday 19 August. Please refer to last week’s PRW as information about the camp was provided in last week’s issue.
  • Our Year 8 camp is in Week 3, Term 4 and we will be having a Parent Information evening for Year 8 parents toward the end of this term.
  • Our Year 8 students are participating in the Healthy Minds Program and each week parents are being sent information (via the PRW) that hopefully will promote discussion at home on the Healthy Minds concepts.
For STEAM week in Week 4 we have:
  • a cardiology research scientist Ayla Hoogendoorn talking to our Year 9 students
  • Our Year 8s are participating in the World of Maths activities and
  • Our Year 9 girls will be participating in a HerTechPath session.

Also, do not forget that this week each House is hosting a parent get together coffee morning in the Sam Leaker courtyard at the back of Wheaton House, so if you can make it on your House’s day, then please join us.  Flyers for the coffee morning are here.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Year 9 Hahndorf Excursion

To complement our German Cultural Studies, the Year 9 German students will take part in a full day excursion to Hahndorf in Week 10, on Wednesday 23 September 2020.  The excursion will focus on German settlement in Hahndorf, as this historic township has much to offer in the way of evidence of the life and culture of Australia’s early German settlers.

Our German students will work in groups of 3-4 to find places of cultural significance and fill out questionnaires about what they see and learn.  The group will travel to Hahndorf by bus at approximately 9.00am and return by 3.15pm. Students are required to be dressed in full school uniform.

Each student will be responsible on excursion day, for the cost of their lunch. While students are welcome to bring their own lunch, we encourage them to participate in our traditional German lunch at the Hahndorf Inn. The lunch option will be pre-ordered for students, and cost individuals between $18 - $21 pending their selection from the set menu. To assist us with making a successful reservation, please click here to indicate if you wish your child to take part in the German lunch.

Please contact us should you have any questions.

Kirsty Hickman

Learning Area Leader, Languages  Kirsty.hickman@pulteney.sa.edu.au

Elizabeth Simpson-Smith Elizabeth.simpsonsmith@pulteney.sa.edu.au

Olivia Chapple Olivia.chapple@pulteney.sa.edu.au

 

Prep School
Cross Country

The Prep School students dressed in House colours on Thursday 6 August  in preparation for our annual Cross County event. The inter-House cross country event took place in the parklands and students had the option of a competitive 2km year level running race or a 2km fun run or walk.

It was great to see the children encouraging one another and showing great team spirit throughout the race as the aim of the afternoon was for the children to build on their fitness and endurance levels whilst mixing with their friends and enjoying themselves. 

Year 4 Excursion

The Year 4 cohort took part in an excursion to the Old Adelaide Gaol on Friday 31 July as part of an introduction to their Humanities and Social Science inquiry about the arrival of the First Fleet and first contact with Aboriginal people.

The aim of the excursion was to provide the children with background information about the life and activities of the early settlers and to give the children an insight into some of the living conditions of those times.

The children will now spend time posing and researching inquiry questions they wish to find answers for before writing a letter from the perspective of a convict to their family ‘home’ in England. This assessment task will encourage the children to further develop, amongst other skills, their descriptive language and letter writing skills.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep

Prep Sport

Please click here to access the Prep School Sport Booklet containing information and a link to the nomination form for the upcoming summer season. Nominations will cover Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021. Nominations will be closed on Friday 28 August at 5.00pm.

Please direct any queries regarding Prep Sport to ben.searle@pulteney.sa.edu.au 

Year 6 to 7 Transition

Denise O’Loughlin and I with our respective teams, have been planning the Year 6 into 7 transition program.

For Year 6 parents an important date for your diary is Wednesday 26 August, which is when we are hosting our Transition Information evening. The evening begins at 6.30pm and we plan to start in Wyatt Hall where parents will hear from two of our current Year 7 students who made the transition into the Middle School last year.

I will be talking about the purpose of Middle Schools, which will help explain the ‘how and why’ of what we do.  Other speakers will be Mr McCulloch, Head of Student Wellbeing, Mr Polkinghorne, Coordinator of Experiential Learning and Ms Karen Kurczak, Head of Inclusive Education.

After this information session, the Middle School Heads of House will provide parents with a quick tour of the Middle School building and then, in their House areas, will explain the House-based pastoral care system.

We also have a large range of transition activities planned for the Year 6s, which involves tours of the Middle School building, lessons in the Middle School, joining our Middle School House meetings as well as a Q&A session with the Middle School House Prefects.

We also have a Transition Day planned to occur in mid Term 4.

Please keep a close eye on the PRW for all the Transition information and don’t forget to reply to our Information Night notice.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

 

 

 

 

Year 6 Parents Introduction to the Middle School Evening
Year 6 Parents Introduction to the Middle School Evening

As the 2020 school year progresses rapidly, Year 6 students and parents begin thinking about the next important stage of school life at Pulteney. 

To help make the transition from Year 6 to Year 7 as smooth and comprehensive as possible, a transition program has been set in place for current Year 6 students. A number of these plans will be undertaken this term and include:

  • Tours of the Middle School building for the Year 6 classes,
  • Year 6 classes having some of their lessons in the Middle School,
  • Year 6s participating in a House meeting with their House in the Middle School and
  • A Q&A session with Middle School House Prefects

Our Transition/Orientation Day is planned to be held in Term 4 on Friday 13 November. Further information about this day will be provided to parents closer to the event.

In order for parents to gain further insight into Year 7 and the Middle School, you are invited to attend a Year 6 Parent Information Evening. The evening will involve 

  • Hearing from students about their experience making the transition from Prep to Middle School
  • Key people presenting information regarding the purpose of Middle School and how we function,
  • A tour of the Middle School
  • A session with your child’s Head of House outlining the Middle School pastoral care House structure.
  • An outline of further information on our plans for the transition program for our Year 6s moving into Year 7.
  • Concluding with drinks and the opportunity for parents to mingle and ask further questions of the staff attending.

This evening will be held this term on Wednesday 26 August 2020, commencing at 6.30pm. Please note that this is a parent information evening and we are not expecting student attendance.

Depending on the numbers of parents attending we may hold the initial ‘information sharing’ aspect of the evening in Wyatt Hall before parents are guided to their child’s future House rooms in the Middle School building.

To help us determine the numbers of people attending, can you please click here to indicate your attendance by no later than Friday 21 August.

I look forward to meeting and sharing with you the next exciting phase of your child’s education at Pulteney.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Prep Debating

Students are busily preparing for their debate in week 6. The topic is ‘Homework is a waste of time’. Some interesting discussion has taken place around this controversial theme and all teams are invested and engaged in their side of the argument.

In order for two debates and thorough adjudication to take place, we kindly ask that you collect your child at 5.15pm on Wednesday 26 August. This will be the final debating session for the season. We have enjoyed working with this committed group of thinkers and thank you for your support at home.

Elizabeth Simpson-Smith, Justin Putland, Emily Clarke

Prep Debating Coaches

 

Kurrajong
Year 2 Zoo Excursion

Due to inclement weather conditions the Year 2 Zoo excursion has been rescheduled. The new date for the excursion is Friday 28 August. Parents will not need to send in consent for the change of date; however, those parents that had offered to accompany the groups will need to confirm with the class teachers if they are still available. Thank you for your support.

Cross Country

The Year 2 students were excited to join in the Cross Country running last week. Some of the comments after the event from Year 2 students are below.

I think the fun run was fun because I liked doing the obstacles and I liked getting a sticker after every lap.” Hannah

“I liked collecting the stickers and I got fit. It was so much fun!” Zara

“It was fine until I got to the 3rd lap and then I got puffed out.” Felix

“I liked the fun run because I ran 500m five times. I got to run with my friends from the other Year 2 class. It was probably the best run ever!” Alex

“The fun run was so fun. At the end I was so tired, but I would do it again. Thank you for letting us join in.” Viv

Thank you to Huw Bowen, Head of Sport, for organising the event and including our Year 2 students.

Book Week Parade

On Thursday 27 August the ELC-Year 2 students will be celebrating Book Week by dressing up and parading their costumes from 8.45am -9.30am. Dancify instructors will be helping the students to showcase the dance steps they have been learning during these lessons. The theme this year is ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’. ELC students have been designing their own Curious Creature costumes in class to wear on the day if they wish. Students in Reception to Year 2 are encouraged to make their costumes at home, enjoying the process of creating something fun from a book that they enjoy. With regards to the venue, we are anticipating holding this in Wyatt Hall and inviting parents to join in to observe the fun. However, closer to the date an alternative may be that we will hold this event outdoors, weather permitting.

Pulteney Storybook Series

Each Friday we share a storybook online read by one of our Pulteney staff members or students. Storytelling helps to build connections among people and improves listening skills that are essential in learning and in relationships. We hope your family enjoys listening to the books selected each week by members of our school community. This week, you can view Head of Wellbeing, Steven McCullouch share a book titled ‘When Henry Caught Imaginitus’ by Nick Bland here.

http://vimeo.com/445424973/56c342cda4 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong

Performing Arts
Upcoming Events

Tuesday 25 August

7.15-9.30pm

Gig at the Gov

Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Stage Band 1

Stage Band 2

Jazz on the Terrace

Year 10, 11 & 12 class bands

Selected senior vocal soloists

Year 9 Sound Engineering

Wednesday 26 August

1.00-3.30pm

Her Majesty’s Theatre tour

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Year 9 Sound Engineering

Monday 31 August

3.30-6.00pm

Filming for ABODA video submission

Wyatt Hall

Concert Band

Stage Band 1

Stage Band 2

Saturday 12 September

6.00-8.00pm

Dance Concert

Wyatt Hall

SACE Stage 1 Dance

Year 9 Dance (Semester 1 class)

Senior Co-curricular Dance

Prep Co-curricular Dance

Kurrajong Co-curricular Dance

Saturday 19 September

Times TBC

Ensemble Concert

Junior: late afternoon

Senior: evening

Wyatt Hall

All Kurrajong, Prep and Senior ensembles

 

Gig at the Gov: Tuesday 25 August

I am happy to confirm that the annual Gig @ the Gov concert is going ahead in Week 6 this term. The following groups will perform: Stage Band 1 and Stage Band 2, Jazz on the Terrace, Year 10, 11 and 12 Music class bands, Year 12 Rock Band, plus selected Year 12 vocal solos.

Students will attend sound checks in the afternoon, with the Year 9 Sound Engineering class joining them to observe. Please complete the online consent form. Full details, including a schedule for the day, dress code etc are available here.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of performers and audience members will be more limited than previous years. Families will be seated at separate tables, and performers will be seated at their family’s table during the performance. Performing students will not be counted in their family’s allocation of tickets.

Tickets must be purchased on TryBooking by Tuesday 18 August, 5.00pm to allow time for The Gov and the Performing Arts faculty to make final seating arrangements based on restrictions. Tickets will not be available at the door.  Thank you for your understanding.

We really appreciate the support of The Governor Hindmarsh Hotel team for their support of our school community and facilitating this event.

Dance 2021

Dance at Pulteney is growing quickly! This year we introduced Year 9 Dance as an elective subject (in Semester 1), SACE Stage 1 Dance (20-unit subject) and our three co-curricular dance classes became four.

In 2021, we are hoping to offer the Year 9 Dance elective in both first and second semester and adding SACE Stage 2 Dance as well as Stage 1. These classes are likely to be offered offline with lessons outside the normal timetable. Further, we are working on how we can integrate dance more substantially into the Prep curriculum as a replacement to the short Dancify programs currently offered.

I am very excited about the possibilities of dance here at Pulteney, and I am currently working on plans for 2022!

If you have any questions about the dance subjects on offer in 2021 please do not hesitate to contact me at Jonathon.rice@pulteney.sa.edu.au

Year 9 Sound Engineering excursions

As mentioned in the Pulteney Review last week, we are pleased to offer several excursions for our Year 9 Sound Engineering class to professional venues around the city. Our first excursion is a private tour of the Adelaide Festival Centre.

Other excursions to follow are:

Tuesday 25 August 12.00pm – 3.30pm, Gig @ the Gov sound check (afternoon only)

Wednesday 26 August 1.00pm – 3.30pm, Her Majesty’s Theatre tour

For the excursions above, students should bring lunch and a drink. There will be no opportunity to purchase lunch on these days. Later this term we are also hoping to do a tour of the tertiary institution, SAE, where we will see all their facilities including their recording studios. More details to come later.

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone and Tuba – PLAYERS WANTED!

Please contact me about special deals for new brass students.

Jonathon Rice

Head of Performance and Instrumental Music

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

 

 

Sport
House Cross Country

Last Thursday witnessed a wonderful day of competitive cross-country racing and ‘Fun Runs’.  Students (and staff – well done Mr Bacholer and Mr King) from Y2 – 12 participated with enthusiasm, determination and pride in representing their House.  We had an outstanding 90%+ student participation rate across the school.

Results

To be announced in assemblies this week and in the Week 5 Pulteney Review Weekly.

Senior Sports Annual Dinner

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 9 September in Wyatt Hall.  Our special guest is Reilly O’Brien, Adelaide Crows.

As well as our usual awards, this year’s event will also incorporate the presentation of Rowing awards which could not happen earlier in the year due to the pandemic.

All players and their families who played in senior teams are welcome to attend, and this often includes Middle School students.  A three course meal will be served and for adults the event is BYO.  Soft drinks will be provided.

Tickets are $60 and can be purchased via Trybooking  - maximum of 150 tickets are available.

Sports Nomination Y7 - 12

Students in Y7- 12 will make their Summer Sport (Term 4 2020 – Term 1 2021) nominations this week.  The Summer Sport Booklet can be found here

Student Leadership in Sport

Details regarding the recruitment and appointment of Sports Captains Term 4 2020 – Term 4 2021 and our Captains of Summer Sport Term 4 2020 – Term 1 2021 will be released to students in Y7 – 12 this week.  Student leadership, voice and agency has, and continues to be, one of the major pillars in driving our pursuit of purpose: ‘Better Never Stops’. 

Swim Carnival

This year our carnival, scheduled for Friday 4 September, will only incorporate the Championship program and not the ‘In it To Win It’ program due to the restrictions of our and SAALC Covid-19 Safe Plan.  This means only students who are competing or assisting in an official capacity will be attending and unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate spectators.

Collegiate Cup

The annual Winter Collegiate Cup is scheduled for Week 8.  The final program will be communicated as soon as it is finalised. 

Winter Sports Photos

Middle and Senior winter sport team photos will be taken on Wednesday 9 September.  A schedule of photos will be communicated in Week 6.

Prep Sport

Please click here to access the Prep School Sport Booklet containing information and a link to the nomination form for the upcoming summer season. Nominations will cover Term 4 2020 and Term 1 2021. Nominations will close on Friday 28 August at 5pm.

Please direct any queries regarding Prep Sport to ben.searle@pulteney.sa.edu.au 

 

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport

School Calendar
Term 3 2020 Calendar Events

 

Calendar and events for the next three weeks are listed below.

 

Monday 10 August to
Tuesday 17 August

All week

Kurrajong & Prep  Life Ed Van

Wyatt Hall

Monday 10 August

All week

STEAM week

Classrooms

Monday 10 August

8.00am

Middle School Cawthorne Nicholls coffee morning

Sam Leaker Courtyard

Monday 10 August

11.00am

Kurrajong Dancify

Theatrette

Tuesday 11 August

8.00am

Middle School Moore Sunter coffee morning

Sam Leaker Courtyard

Tuesday 11 August

8.40am

Year 11 Futures presentation

Theatrette

Tuesday 11 August

8.00am

Stage 2  ODE Sailing program

Gawler

Tuesday 11 August

1.00pm

MS Year 9 Sound Engineering excursion

Adelaide Festival Centre

Wednesday 12 August

8.00am

Middle School Kennion Miller coffee morning

Sam Leaker Courtyard

Thursday 13 August

8.00am

Middle School Bleby Howard coffee morning

Sam Leaker Courtyard

Thursday 13 August

11.45am

Year 10 In Your Skin presentation

Theatrette

Thursday 13 August

5.00pm

Year 10 (2021) Orientation/Subject Selection evening

Centre for Senior Learning

Friday 14 August

8.00am

Quad Café

 

Friday 14 August

8.40am

Prep School – Mindlab Pulteney Tournament

 

Friday 14 August

9.00am

Play Group

Kurrajong

Saturday 15 August

8.30am

Venture Club Rock Climbing Day

 

Monday 17 August to
Thursday 20 August

8.30am

Stage 2 ODE Group Practical

Coorong and Lower Lakes

Monday 17 August

11.00am

Kurrajong Dancify

Theatrette

Tuesday 18 August

9.00am

Kurrajong Visiting Author (Rec – 2)

Kurrajong Resource Centre

Tuesday 18 August

7.00pm

Debating

Middle School Building

Wednesday 19 August to
Friday 21 August

All day

Year 4 Camp

 

Wednesday 19 August

5.30pm

Year 9 Camp – parent briefing

Middle School Building

Thursday 20 August

1.30pm

AHOMINGS Meeting

Middle School

Thursday 20 August

11.00am

Year 7 Futures presentation

Wyatt Hall

Friday 21 August

8.00am

Quad Café

 

Friday 21 August

9.00am

Play Group

Kurrajong

Friday 21 August

7.00pm

Navy Blue Formal

Adelaide Convention Centre

Monday 24 August

8.30am

Co-Curricular photos

Quad / Wyatt Hall

Monday 24 August

9.45am

Prep School Visiting Author

Prep School

Monday 24 August

6.30pm

Pulteney Boat Club AGM

Wyatt Hall

Tuesday 25 August

7.15pm

Gig @ the Gov
(Year 9 SE class from 12noon to 3.30pm with all musicians also at the venue from 12noon to 3.30pm)

Governor Hindmarsh Hotel

Wednesday 26 August

8.40am

Stage 1 ODE Mountain Biking Skills

Kuitpo Forest

Wednesday 26 August

8.40am

Prep School Book week Parade

Wyatt Hall

Wednesday 26 August

1.00pm

MS Year 9 Sound Engineering excursion

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Wednesday 26 August

6.30pm

Year 6 into 7 Parent Evening

Middle School Building

Thursday 27 August

8.40am

Kurrajong Book Week Parade

Wyatt Hall

Friday 28 August

8.00am

Quad Café

 

Friday 28 August

8.40am

Year 10 Meningococcal B Immunisation

 

Friday 28 August

8.40am

Year 2 excursion

The Zoo

Friday 28 August

9.00am

Play Group

Kurrajong

Friday 28 August

12.45pm

Year 12 Drama rehearsal

Bakehouse Theatre

Co-curricular photos
Co-curricular photos

Photographs for Middle and Senior School Co-curricular groups (excluding sports) will be taken on Monday 24 August. Please refer to the schedule located here.

Students are asked to congregate outside Wyatt Hall at the allocated time for their group/s. Please ensure that your child is well prepared and aware of their scheduled time, particularly if involved in multiple group photographs.

Please note; formal school uniform must be worn for all photographs.

Photographs will be taken according to the schedule and while every effort will be made to ensure all students are present, students will not be collected from class.

Please do not hesitate to contact Emily Giles should you have any queries.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

Experiential Learning

In 2020, COVID-19 restrictions have impacted the range of programs we can offer, particularly interstate and overseas. Despite these challenges, we have already safely and successfully run meaningful programs in the local Adelaide area, Adelaide Hills, the Coorong and Lower Lakes and the Riverland. Pulteney is delighted to present conservation, adventure, culture and service-learning programs for the rest of the year, within South Australia, whilst aiming for an adventure program to New Zealand, later in the year.

Please find the details in the Experiential Learning Co-curricular booklet here for the programs in Semester 2, offered in a range of locations within South Australia through the Venture Club and Conservation Corps. Each program is unique to Pulteney and specifically designed for student interest and ability levels. Experiential Learning programs are run in partnership with external organisations that specialise in the field, to ensure outcomes are met at the highest level and risk mitigation is comprehensive. These opportunities will be presented to students in the lead up to each program, and they can express their interest in specific programs directly to the program organiser, or via the link here.

For more information, please see the contact details in the Experiential Learning Co-curricular booklet.

Daniel Polkinghorne

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Lego Challenge

It gives us great pleasure to announce the First LEGO League Challenge team for 2020. This year, the school will be represented by Charles Delin, Thomas Mitchell, Owen White, Mark Xu, Lincoln Davey, Joshua Song, Tai Le, Emma Totman, Joshua Holmes and Nicholas Hillen.

First LEGO League is a STEM-based competition with three core parts. Firstly, the team designs a LEGO robot and programs this device to complete a series of challenges on a game board. The second part of the competition involves an inquiry project. Students work with an industry mentor to address a real-world problem and propose a suitable innovative solution. This year’s theme is ‘Game Changers’ and will look at innovation in the sporting arena. For the final part of the competition, the team must demonstrate how they have applied the core values of First LEGO League, which include teamwork, ‘Coopertition’ and ‘Gracious Professionalism’. 

We wish the Pulteney Pro Programmers all the best as they embark on this challenge commencing 1 August and culminating on 8 November with the Regional Championships, which for the first time are to be held at Pulteney.

Georgie Buenfeld

Learning Area Leader – Digital Technologies 

Prep Resource Centre Teacher Librarian

Health and Wellbeing
Hay Fever

The Health Centre in recent weeks has seen a surge in the number of students who have presented with Hay fever symptoms as we draw closer to spring:

Hay fever is the common name for a condition called allergic rhinitis, which means an allergy that mainly affects the nose. However, hay fever can also affect your eyes, throat, sinuses and ears.

Seasonal hay fever occurs mainly in spring and summer and affects people allergic to pollens. Hay fever can also occur all year round – this is called perennial hay fever.

Hay fever is very common and affects up to 30 per cent of children. Children with hay fever commonly also have other sensitivities, like asthma, eczema or food allergies.

Signs and symptoms of hay fever

If your child has hay fever, they may have:

  • frequent bouts of sneezing
  • a runny nose
  • blocked nose (either one or both nostrils)
  • itchy ears, nose, throat and roof of the mouth
  • red, itchy, swollen and/or watery eyes
  • headaches.
  • persistent throat clearing

If hay fever is left untreated it can lead to poor quality sleep, tiredness and daytime sleepiness. In some cases, hay fever can also:

  • make asthma more difficult to control
  • increase the chance of sinus infections
  • affect your child's learning and performance 
  • lead to bad breath, a husky voice and/or a sore throat
  • cause more frequent eye infections because children rub itchy eyes.
What causes hay fever?

Hay fever is triggered by what we breathe in. The small hairs and mucus in the nose trap dust, pollens and other tiny particles. Someone with hay fever is allergic to some of the particles that get trapped in their nose. The body misrecognises pollen allergens as being potentially harmful – like a bacteria or virus – and it tries to expel it from the body by producing mucus and tearing up of the eyes.

Triggers include  
  • pollen (from grasses, flowers and trees)  
    • animal fur or hair (dander)
    • mould spores
    • cigarette smoke.
    • Dust mites

If your child has perennial (all year) hay fever, they will most likely be allergic to dust mites, animal dander and/or mould spores rather than pollens

Treatment for hay fever

Hay fever cannot be cured, but there are a number of ways you can improve the symptoms and give your child some relief. The best way to reduce the frequency of your child's hay fever is to identify what causes your child's allergic reaction and then try to avoid contact with it, or at least minimise contact. 

Sometimes the cause is obvious, such as a pet. If you are having trouble working out the cause of your child's hay fever, see your GP. The doctor will ask questions and may suggest allergy tests (such as skin prick tests) to identify the cause. Your doctor may suggest using medication to help relieve your child's symptoms, such as non-sedating antihistamines or a low dose steroid nasal spray. Your doctor or pharmacist can give advice on which medication may be best for your child

  • On windy days in spring, stay indoors as much as possible
  • Rinse your eyes regularly with cold water to flush away pollen.
  • Monitor the daily pollen count and forecast so you know if it’s a high pollen day and manage your exposure as much as possible on days when the count is high.
  • When pollen counts are higher, have your chosen treatment at hand.
  • Effective over-the-counter treatments include eye drops to ease itchy swollen eyes, decongestant or corticosteroid nasal sprays, and antihistamine medications for sneezing and itching.
  • A salt water nasal spray can also help flush out pollens.

Immunotherapy may be a suitable treatment option if your child has severe hay fever. Immunotherapy is a long-term treatment that involves exposing your child to small amounts of the allergen (the substance they are allergic to). This allows your child to gradually build up their tolerance to the allergen.

Talk to your doctor about immunotherapy if your child has serious allergic reactions.

Key points to remember

  • Hay fever is an allergic reaction that mainly affects the nose.
  • It is most common in spring and summer but can occur all year round.
  • Avoiding triggers is the best way to reduce the frequency of hay fever symptoms.
  • Medications may help relieve symptoms.

 

https://www.weatherzone.com.au/pollen-index/sa/adelaide/adelaide

https://asthma.org.au/adelaide-pollen-count/

https://www.rch.org.au/kidsinfo/fact_sheets/#tab-H

 

From the Chaplain

If your child would like to broaden their friendship circles and meet other students from our Anglican schools,

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