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Pulteney Review Weekly. Term 3, Week 6 2020

From the Principal
Vale Sir Ken Robinson

Last Friday saw the passing of British author, speaker and educational agent provocateur Sir Ken Robinson.

At the close of this article I include a link to what is, perhaps, Sir Ken’s most famous speech in which he explores the origins and increasing limitations of the universal franchise approach to education as it has manifested since its introduction during the Industrial Revolution. The Education Act of 1875 provided free and compulsory education for children in South Australia between the ages of 7 and 13. Subsequent to this, the compulsory years have extended, the world’s fortunes ebbed and flowed, and the function of education for society shifted with the rise of technology throughout the 20th and 21st centuries; yet, as Sir Ken would have argued, little has adjusted with the basic premise of how schools operate.

Invested in education as I am, I admired Sir Ken for his insight into education and his preparedness to challenge what otherwise are sometimes considered to be immovable obstacles. Some have criticised Sir Ken for not providing answers; this view has a degree of accuracy and yet perhaps misses the point as it risks the implication that to observe is not important should it not come with an answer. At the very least, Sir Ken posed questions that educational leaders cannot ignore; in doing so, he has enriched the contemporary discourse on education across the world and served as the veritable agent provocateur for those with innovative minds to imagine a better future.

I encourage you to watch the video HERE


Cameron Bacholer


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

A reminder that Parent Teacher Student Meetings are scheduled for Monday 31 August and Tuesday 1 September, and Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September from 4.00 until 6.00pm each day. All meetings are 10 minutes duration.

In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines, the meetings will again take place online via video conferencing using Microsoft Teams. You will soon receive an email containing a link to join each meeting you have booked. Please refer to the instructions here to assist and guide you through the online meeting process.

Bookings for the sessions on Monday 7 September and Thursday 10 September will remain open until 12 noon on Monday 31 August. Please access the Synergetic Community Portal link on the Pulteney website ( to book a meeting time.

For further assistance, please do not hesitate to 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.

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

This Week's Update

You can view this week's update presented by greg Atterton here.


Expressions of Interest – Board of Governors Pulteney Grammar School


Dear Pulteney Grammar School Community,

RE: Board of Governor Vacancy

As Chair of the Board of Governors, I am writing to you the Pulteney Community seeking Expressions of Interest for the position of Governor on the Pulteney Grammar School Board of Governors. 

We take this opportunity to recognise the contribution of the outgoing Governor Dr Greg Keene who has reached the end of his term. We thank Greg for his contribution to the School and the Board for the past 9 years, including a period as Chair from 2017-18.

Under the leadership of our recently appointed Principal, Cameron Bacholer, and in conjunction with the Board of Governors, Pulteney Grammar is about to embark on a new and exciting strategic direction designed to position the school at the forefront of private education in the State into the next decade and beyond.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from members of the Pulteney Community to fill the vacancy created by Dr Keene’s retirement and be members of Board sub-committees commencing in 2021. In particular, we are seeking nominations from members of the Community with previous Board experience and expertise in property, professional accounting practice, and law would be well regarded.

Expressions of interest close at 5.00pm on 11th September 2020.
Further information regarding the position and nominations packs can be obtained from the Board Secretary, Mr Nick Miller on (08) 8216 5555 or via email

I am looking forward to discussing the work of the Board with any nominees and continuing the work of the Board of Governors in supporting and guiding Pulteney Grammar School into the future and you can contact me via the school or email me at

Yours sincerely,

Allen Candy2




Allen Candy

Chair Board of Governors

Photographic Permission and Communication Preferences

Last year, the Parent Community Portal was upgraded so that important details pertaining to you and your family can be updated in real-time and stored securely electronically. This included a comprehensive photo/video permission feature designed to allow you to control how the School uses your child/ren’s images.

To ensure your child/ren’s privacy adequately, the Photo/Video Permissions section covers six options where images/video content may be used. These options will flow through to other systems and assist the School in only showing images/videos in which all pictured students have parental consent.

If you have not already done so, we ask that you visit the Parent Community Portal and update your child(ren) Photo/Video Permissions as a matter of urgency. Click on the image below for instructions on how to do this.


Language and Culture

Languages and Culture Celebration Week is back in mini-form! In Week 8 there will be some special cultural activities for students and on Wednesday 9 September there will be an International Lunch for all students. Sushi, Bubble Tea and Flammkuchen (German style pizza) will be available.

When you are ready to order, please open the Qkr! App and under ‘School Events’ select ‘International Lunch’. This will take you to the options available. Pre-ordering will be available to order from Wednesday 26 August (Week 6) and orders will need to be processed by Friday 4 September at 9.00am. Please see the menu below.

I look forward to seeing the students engage with the activities on offer during the ‘Languages and Culture Celebration Week’ and feel confident that the week will complement the positive learning experiences which already take place on a daily basis in our language and culture classrooms. 

Kirsty Hickman

Learning Area Leader - Languages

International Lunch Menu


Flammkuchen                                Simply Flammküche                      $10.20

crème fraiche, onion and smoked bacon

Napolitana sauce, smoked bacon, onion, cheese

crème fraiche, leek, garlic and emmenthal cheese

sweet crème fraiche, caramelised apples and cinnamon

Sushi      寿司                                 Sushi in the City                              $ 7.20

Option 1                                                        Option 2                                         Option 3 - GF

Teriyaki chicken and cucumber                Cooked Tuna & Avocado              Avocado & Cucumber

Chicken cutlet and avocado                      King Prawn                                     Assorted Veggie


Bubble Tea        珍珠奶茶           Funtea                                             $6.40

Fresh Fruit Tea

Lychee Snowy Sakura

green tea, lychee jam, sakura flowers, sakura pearls, sakura jelly ball, fruit sugar

Passion Fruit Green Tea

green tea, passion fruit, coconut jelly, sakura pearls, fruit sugar

Milk Tea

Amber Pearls

amber pearls, milk, tea, sugar syrup

Dirty Bubble Milk Tea

brown sugar pearl, milk, tea, sugar syrup

Dirty Strawberry Milk

Strawberry jam, milk


Health and Wellbeing
What is self-care?

You might all have heard that self-care is very important for our physical, emotional, and social wellbeing. Self-care means getting the sleep you need and knowing how to rest, eating well and preparing healthy options, doing fun activities you enjoy, taking time to get to know yourself better and your limits. We all sleep, eat, move, and manage with daily stress in a positive or negative way. Self-care needs to be something you actively plan, rather than something that just happens like watching Netflix to wind down; it is a more proactive response that requires you to process how you feel better. Self-care isn’t a selfish act, it is not only considering our needs, but also developing a plan to look after ourselves by creating a routine for diet, exercise, and sleep and creating the feeling of success for ourselves. This term I have been working with the Year 9’s in developing their own self-care plans. Over the next few weeks I will outline the steps and process that I have been using with the Year 9 students.

When developing a self-care plan, first we need to explore our needs by looking into our daily routine   to understand what we are doing, how it makes us feel and what the outcomes are.

Sleep is like food for our brain and it is essential for our body to repair itself, our brain to catalogue our day and produce the hormones to help us manage daily tasks. When we sleep well our body feels healthier, our mind is more focused, we feel more balanced and optimistic.  When we are going through a tough time, however, we might not be able to sleep or might often wake up feeling tired, irritable or might struggle to manage everyday tasks.

Being aware of your sleep patterns, identifying your sleep thieves and sleep allies can help you to develop sleep hygiene. Sleep thieves might be having too much coffee/tea/energy drinks, not being active enough during the day or being exposed to bright screens for a long time, or feeling stressed.

On the other hand, being active during the day, reducing the screen time, setting a  regular bedtime, eating well and doing some relaxation activities such as having a warm bath/shower, reading book or listening soothing might help you to get good sleep.

Sleep snapshot

  • On average, I get ______ hours of sleep per night.
  • I tend to go to bed at ______ and wake up at ______.
  • It usually takes me ______ to get to sleep.
  • On average, I wake up ______ times a night.

When I wake up, I usually feel _________.

Sleep plan

• Things I would like to stop or reduce are__________________________

• Things I would like to start or do more of are____________________________

Esra Turhan Herdem

School Counsellor


Beyond Blue, Why you should do something for yourself, retrieved from

Reach Out, Developing a self care plan, retrieved from

Orygen(2016), Brief Interventions in Youth Mental Health Toolkit, retrieved from


Performing Arts
Upcoming Events

Wednesday 26 August


Her Majesty’s Theatre tour

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Year 9 Sound Engineering

Monday 7 September


Filming for ABODA video submission

Wyatt Hall

Concert Band

Stage Band 1

Stage Band 2

Tuesday 8



Filming for ABODA video submission


Nicholls Building

Senior Strings


Friday 11 September


Filming for ABODA video submission

Nicholls Building

Senior Handbell Ensemble

Senior Drum Corps

Saturday 12 September


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


Ensemble Concert

Junior: 5.00-6.00pm

Senior: 6.30-8.45pm

Wyatt Hall

All Kurrajong, Prep and Senior ensembles


Year 9 Sound Engineering excursions

Our final excursion for the term is to Her Majesty’s Theatre, Wednesday 26 August 1.00pm to 3.30pm. Students should bring lunch and a drink. There will be no opportunity to purchase lunch on the day.

Dance Concert: Saturday 12 September

The 2020 Dance Concert will be held in Wyatt Hall on Saturday 12 September. Rehearsals will be held in the afternoon. For a rehearsal schedule and other details, please read the information here. Please complete the online consent form by Monday 31 August.

Costume details are provided in the images below.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the number of performers and audience members will be more limited than previous years, with each family limited to two tickets. Kurrajong performers will be seated with their family during the performance. Performing students do not require a ticket and will not be counted in their family’s allocation of tickets. Tickets will not be available at the door, so please book early. Tickets may be purchased at TryBooking for $10 adults and free for non-performing students.

Instrumental Music program

We have a limited number of vacancies in Term 4 for classical guitar, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, double bass and bass guitar. Enrolments for Term 4 must be received by Monday 7 September. If you are interested in learning more about the Instrumental Music Program, please visit the Instrumental Music section of the School website or contact Ali O’Connell, Performing Arts Assistant, on 8216 5526.


On Thursday 20 August, the Performing Arts faculty hosted the AHOMINGS (Heads of Music in Independent Schools SA) annual general meeting in the Middle School building and the new Nicholls Performing Arts building. Special thanks to Ali O’Connell, Kelly Martin, Desiree Le Francois, Mark Bourchier, Michael Nielsen and Liam Ryan for supporting us through the day. Special thanks also to Cameron Bacholer who addressed the group and reflected how important music programs are to schools and their students.

It was wonderful to see how impressed our fellow music colleagues were with the new Middle School and Nicholls buildings. The Performing Arts at Pulteney is now in an excellent position with still more growth and diversity to be achieved. I am so enthusiastic about our Performing Arts future here.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Coordinator of Performance and Instrumental Programs

The Challenge

Last week we launched The Challenge #1, a House Tutor Group based initiative to promote physical activity aligned with SportAus campaign of ‘Find Your 30’.  Students in Year 7 – 12 are asked to keep track of their daily activity through Term 3 Weeks 5 – 9 with points being awarded according to the intensity of the physical activity undertaken over 30 minutes.  This data is then submitted on a weekly form.  You can see a chart to assist students in what types of physical activity earn points HERE

Each tutor group has appointed a ‘Challenge Captain’ who will liaise with the Head of Sport, track and assist their tutor group peers and of course motivate them to be as active as possible so as to have the optimal chance of winning either the Senior or Middle school prize – a pizza lunch on the Sports Department!

Through my conversations with academic Professor Murray Drummond (Research Professor Sport, Health and Physical Activity, Flinders University), Professor Stuart Biddle, Physical Activity and Health, University of Southern Queensland and  Dr Emily Matheson (Research Fellow, Centre for Appearance Research, University of the West of England), indicate that recent research into rates of physical activity are indicating some interesting positions: 

  • That the message about the importance of being physically active, especially to the young, has been over-medicalised
  • That the optimal way for individuals to engage with physical activity is to find their passion, to find an activity that people will engage in with a sense of joy, connection and it has to be enjoyable.
  • That if we only rely on intrinsic motivation then outcomes are likely to be very individualised. 
  • Young people have very different reasons to adults to be physically active.

From my own experience I can recall numerous campaigns over the past 35 years that have looked to address physical activity rates and which can reasonably said to have disappointed in their outcomes – all relied on intrinsic motivation being the key factor.  A major part of my research amongst our students has been establishing what would motivate some to be more physically active and overwhelmingly the answer was attached to an external motivator – hence the pizza lunch!  We will explore other extrinsic motivators with future versions of The Challenge.

Pulteney Sports App (PSA)

The primary source of information regarding sport schedules, training, matches and attendance is the PSA.  The PSA has been developed by our partners at JARO

We are currently in a period of review of the PSA and as part of this process we are asking families to take the time (1 min) to complete this short survey HERE as to your satisfaction experience.  The results from the survey will play an integral part to our future decision making.

SAAS Cross Country

Pulteney are proud to be hosting the SAAS ‘Race Meet 5’  this week, Wednesday 26 August.  The course will be run through The Parklands opposite the school, where we recently held our House Cross Country event in Week 3.  Our coaches, Shane Danaher, Emma Galdes and Nick Laity, will continue to wonderfully prepare our athletes for all their races but clearly this is a significant event in our cross-country calendar. In previous years Pulteney volunteers have been critical to us hosting a successful event, so at this time we would again like to invite family members to assist us.  The various roles that require filling are as follows:

  • Welcome and provide general information for athletes and coaches from other schools and assist them with race ‘stickers’
  • Course Marshall: assisting competitors on the course
  • Timekeepers
  • Race finish coordinators: collecting competitors ‘stickers’ from them as they finish

If you are able to volunteer, you will need to present on Harriers Oval at 3.30pm with the event concluding by 5.00pm/5.15pm.  If you are available to assist please email

Student Leadership in Sport
  • This week sees our candidates for Sports Captain making their presentations. 
  • The deadline for expressions of interest for the Senior Captain of Sport (Summer) positions are due this Friday.
  • Information regarding the Middle School Captain of Sport (Summer) positions will be disseminated next Monday.
Summer Sport Nominations

Once Prep sport nominations close (Friday 28 August), the sports department will be in touch to confirm details regarding your son/daughters involvement.

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport

School Calendar
Term 3 2020 Calendar Events


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

Monday 24 August


Co-Curricular photos

Sam Leaker Courtyard /Quad / Wyatt Hall

Monday 24 August


Prep School Visiting Author

Prep Resource Centre

Monday 24 August


Pulteney Boat Club AGM

Wyatt Hall

Tuesday 25 August


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


Stage 1 ODE Mountain Biking Skills

Kuitpo Forest

Wednesday 26 August


Prep School Book week Parade

Robert Henshall Gymnasium

Wednesday 26 August


MS Year 9 Sound Engineering excursion

Her Majesty’s Theatre

Wednesday 26 August


Pulteney hosting SAAS Cross Country meet

Prep, Middle and Senior

Wednesday 26 August


Year 6 into 7 Parent Evening

Wyatt Hall

Thursday 27 August


Kurrajong Book Week Parade

Robert Henshall Gymnasium

Friday 28 August


Quad Café


Friday 28 August


Year 10 Meningococcal B Immunisation


Friday 28 August


Year 2 excursion

The Zoo

Friday 28 August


Play Group


Friday 28 August


Year 12 Drama rehearsal

Bakehouse Theatre

Monday 31 August to Wednesday 2 Sept

All day

Stage 1 ODE Bushwalk journey

Mt Remarkable National Park

Monday 31 August and Tuesday 1 Sept


Year 7 Life Education Van

Middle School Classrooms

Monday 31 August


Kurrajong Term 4 Sports nominations open


Monday 31 August


Years 7 - 12 Parent Teacher Student meetings


Tuesday 1 September


Kurrajong Visiting Author (Rec – 2)

Kurrajong Resource Centre

Tuesday 1 September


Years 7 - 12 Parent Teacher Student meetings


Wednesday 2 September


Year 12 Drama final rehearsal

Bakehouse Theatre

Wednesday 2 September


IPSHA Poetry Competition


Wednesday 2 September


Year 12 Drama Production Opening Night

Bakehouse Theatre

Thursday 3 to

Saturday 5 September


Year 12 Drama Production 

Bakehouse Theatre

Friday 4 September


Quad Café


Friday 4 September


Year 6 Presentation of Learning

Prep Basketball Court

Friday 4 September


Year 7 – 12 House Swim Carnival

Marion Swim Centre

Friday 4 September


Play Group


Saturday 5 September


‘Have a go Rowing’

Torrens Boat Shed

Monday 7 September

All week

Collegiate Cup

Various areas

Monday 7 September


Kurrajong Student Led Conferences


Monday 7 to Friday 18 September


Prep School Student led conferences


Monday 7 September


Years 7 - 12 Parent Teacher Student meetings


Tuesday 8 September


Kurrajong Class (ELC, Reception) Photos

Kurrajong Courtyard

Tuesday 8 September



Middle School building

Wednesday 9 September


Years 7 – 12 Winter Sport photos

Wyatt Hall

Wednesday 9 September


Senior School Winter Sports Dinner

Wyatt Hall

Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 September

All Day

Year 6 Camp

Douglas Scrub, McLaren Vale

Thursday 10 September

All day

Middle and Senior School -  Casual Clothes Day – R U Okay


Thursday 10 September


Kurrajong Class(Years 1 – 3) Photos

Kurrajong courtyard

Thursday 10 September


Years 7 - 12 Parent Teacher Student meetings


Friday 11 September


Quad Cafe


Friday 11 September


Year 5 Presentation of Learning morning

Prep basketball court

Friday 11 September


Play Group


Saturday 12 to Sunday 13 September


Venture Club Pulteney Challenge

Adelaide Hills

Saturday 12 September


Dance Concert

Wyatt Hall




Parking and Road Safety Around Schools

The activity of council parking inspectors around the School during peak times at drop off and pick up has been noted recently.  We are currently exploring parking options and working with the various stakeholders involved. This process will take some time and we include, as a reminder, the Adelaide City Council’s “Parking and Road Safety Around Schools”.  Click here for link

We acknowledge that parking and access to our School site can be difficult during these peak times and we thank everyone for their patience and caution while we work towards a long term solution.

Nick Miller

Business Director

From the Chaplain
An invitation to explore Confirmation @ Pulteney

As part of the ongoing commitment of Pulteney to enable students to nurture their faith, students attend a weekly chapel service. During this time, we explore the values, traditions and practices of Anglicanism through acts of worship, discussion, teaching and the broader lens of common human values.

One practice of the Anglican Church is to extend an invitation to students who would like to be confirmed. Confirmation is when a child personally accepts the promises that were said by their Godparents at their baptism. If a child has not been baptised, then confirmation signifies the start of a personal commitment to own their Christian faith.

Children 12 years or older are of the age to consider confirmation. If your child is interested in exploring this avenue or learning more about our Anglican practices, especially regarding receiving communion, please contact me via email or ring 0417 899 603. 

Reverend Tracey Gracey 


one ninety
The University of Adelaide’s Headstart program for 2021

The University of Adelaide’s Headstart program provides gifted and highly motivated Year 12 students with a challenge beyond the Year 12 curriculum as they combine secondary school and university studies. Students accepted into Headstart can choose to replace or supplement their Year 12 subjects with university courses (subjects). University grades are recorded, and students can credit these grades towards their SACE Stage 2 level studies and ATAR. Headstart students may also receive credit towards their university degree if they enrol in a University of Adelaide program after attending Pulteney Grammar, enabling them to complete their university study early or study a wider range of courses than usual. Successful Headstart applicants will also receive a scholarship from the University of Adelaide exempting them from both tuition fees and the student services and amenities fee for one course per semester.

Who can apply for Headstart:

There are strict guidelines that Year 11 students will need to adhere to, and meet should they wish to apply. In the first instance, the students need to fill in a proforma outlining their study and career path. The application is available here. Students also need to submit a personal statement (no more than 250 words) outlining why they should be considered for the Headstart program. The following evidence will also need to be provided:

  • Any evidence, such as letters of reference from experts in the subject specific field, competitions, etc. placing the student in the top tenth percentile.
  • A portfolio of practical evidence, i.e. Art portfolio.
  • A- grade in accelerated Stage 2 subject/s and/or A- grades from semester 1 and current grades at the time of application.

Process for selection:

The school’s standard for the selection process for Headstart is purposely set high to ensure that students can successfully combine their studies. While students undertake the course independently, schools are required to provide a recommendation which is why it is crucial that we have a rigorous selection process; exemplary behaviour is also an expectation.

Once applications have been received, the Head of one ninety and the Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher, will meet and decide if further evidence or tests are required. The personal statement, proforma and evidence will need to be delivered to the reception desk of the Centre for Senior Learningno later than Friday 23 October (9:00am). Results will be collated with the student’s formal application and a vetting process will take place to shortlist those who will be invited to apply for Headstart. 


  • Headstart applications are due Friday 23 October (9:00am).
  • Students will be advised by Friday 6 November of the school’s recommendation and a meeting time will be arranged with the University of Adelaide’s Coordinator of Headstart.
  • When the University’s timetables become available in early December, nominated students are advised to start considering which subjects they would choose if successful.
  • In the last week of Term 4, students will be provided with their timetable for Year 12 to guide in selecting subjects for Headstart.
  • Students will independently submit their application online which occurs prior to school commencing.
  • Applicants will be advised by 31 January 2021, if they have been successful.
  • Students will advise the Head of one ninety, which Pulteney subject they will withdraw from.
  • Students commence their studies at the University of Adelaide in Semester 1, 2021.

Further information about Headstart can be found here

Rigours and responsibilities of being involved in Headstart

There is no doubt that Headstart is an amazing opportunity for students. However, it is important to note, that while the benefits of being involved in the program are far reaching, there is much that needs to be considered to undertake subjects at university level. Firstly, students are not able to submit any drafts for assistance. Students access information from their lecturers and tutors in the workshops, tutorials and subject related online forums. If students are experiencing difficulty in writing an essay, for example, they can make a time to see the university’s study skills support team. The University of Adelaide’s Coordinator of Headstart can be contacted if there are any general concerns from a university perspective as well as any timetabling issues. Students will also be allocated a mentor from Pulteney, and we are here to ensure that the students know who to ask if they need support at university. In short, once enrolled in Headstart at the University of Adelaide, students are undertaking a first-year subject and are fully responsible for working out their timetable, liaising with their university mentor as required and completing the work.

This is a unique and highly rewarding opportunity that we commend all applicable students to consider. We are committed to providing the best opportunities for our students that cater for their individual needs.


Mr. Nicholas Brice                                      Mrs. Sue Mavropoulos

Head of one ninety                                     Gifted and Talented Coordinator and Teacher

Experiential Learning

The Stage 2 Outdoor Education class completed their second group practical in Week 6 to the Lower Lakes and Coorong. With windy and wet conditions forecast, the students prepared exceptionally well for the challenges of their last supported program, prior to the self-reliant trip later this term. The students have learnt the basics of sailing during the Stage 1 course, as well as a preparation day in Week 5. They were excited to journey using sailing boats, in a unique and bespoke program.

On Monday the group sailed through Goolwa Barrage to Godfrey’s Landing in the Coorong, in favourable sailing conditions. Students were able to extend their skills and become familiar with the three different boats. Tuesday and Wednesday’s forecasts were constantly changing, eventually the prevailing wind was too strong for sailing and we camped at Godfrey’s for the remainder of the program. As we were not able to get on water, students spent more time on extending their theoretical knowledge of the boats. We spent time in the natural dune environment, visiting cultural sites and learning about local flora and fauna including bush foods. The students also filmed tutorials on general camping skills for their assessment piece. We also played a range of games that the students enjoyed, including survival skills and shelter building.

On the least day of program we hoped for easing winds in order to return home. The group got up early and set sail for Goolwa. We passed the Murray Mouth in good time before winds picking up and needing to power home using motors. The students demonstrated excellent resilience, positive attitude, co-operation and advanced outdoor skills in order to make the most of the fours days. They were able to learn a lot about being in natural environments in inclement weather, and make the most of any situation.

Video Here

Daniel Polkinghorne

Experiential Learning Coordinator

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.  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 9.00 am 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 with 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

Elizabeth Simpson-Smith

Olivia Chapple

Healthy Minds Program  

Please find the parent supplement for our year 8 Healthy Minds program here 


Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School 






National Skills Week: 24 – 30 August

National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and showcasing the attractive career opportunities for all Australians. Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been the foundation of Australia’s strong and vibrant economy. It has produced industry leaders, it offers great diversity, new and exciting career paths, supports our resources and primary industries, builds our cities, supports our tourism, our monuments, our heritage and much, much more. National Skills Week is an initiative of SkillsOne, who will once again be driving the initiative, working with government and stakeholders to achieve beneficial outcomes for all involved in vocational learning. There is further information below regarding Vocational Education and Training that may be of interest to you, including the SkillsOne digital showcase and a webinar busting many myths around VET. 

Workforce of the Future - A National Skills Week Event – Friday 28 August 12-1pm (AEST) 

What does Australia’s workforce of the future look like? What kinds of jobs will be around after the COVID-19 pandemic? What skills and training do school leavers need to make sure they can find meaningful, long-term employment? You are invited to join three of Australia’s leading business leaders from across the Mining, Digital and Human Services sectors to discuss the future of Australia’s workforce. In this special one-hour live streamed event, featuring leaders from the Australian Government’s Skills Organisation Pilots, you will have the chance to ask questions and learn about the skills employers are looking for to build the workforce of the future. For more information, and to register, click here.

SkillsOne Skills and Thrills Digital Parent Showcase – information about Vocational pathways

The NSW Department of Education has developed a 25-minute video, hosted by Rachel Beck, which is an engaging and informative look at vocational education and training (VET), and the success stories that emanate from VET pathways. The video is well worth a look, even if your child is not specifically considering VET options after school, and will provide some current knowledge around the many pathways available to all students, which may assist you in helping your child/children make informed career choices. Topics covered in the video include apprenticeships and traineeships, TAFE and private training providers, industry trends, Covid-19 impacts on industry, Vocational Education and Training (VET) options, where to find information and links to further resources. This content will only be available for a four-week period from  Monday 10 August to Friday 4 September and the content cannot be downloaded or saved, so it must be watched during this time. To view the video, registration is required. After registering, you will receive an email that provides the username and passcode to view the video. While the content is directed specifically at parents, it would also be beneficial for students to also view it. Supporting this video, SkillsOne will be holding a live streamed Q&A panel discussion on the SkillsOne Facebook page tomorrow, Wednesday 26 August 2020. Industry and education professionals will be available to answer parents’ pre-submitted questions.

VET Mythbusters free webinar: A parent’s guide to Vocational Education & Training

As part of National Skills Week, the Australian Parents Council is proud to present a free webinar, "VET Myth Busters: A parent’s guide to Vocational Education and Training" being held on Thursday 27 August at 7.30pm. The session is designed to answer parent questions about what vocational education and training is, and aims to provide up to date, relevant information so parents can help guide their children into rewarding careers. It will explore the choices available to students, alternative career paths, apprenticeships and work placements, support for trainees, and the flexible options to help young people upskill and get ready for work. A panel of industry experts, training providers and careers advisors will be ready to answers questions. Parents can submit questions to the panel ahead of time via The webinar is open to all parents and students across Australia. Simply register here.

Year 13 Expo - Future of Work – Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August 2020

The Future of Work Expo is being held during National Skills Week, August 25-27, and is designed to enable youth to take control of their post-school decisions by arming them with information and insights into the future of the Australian workforce and what to expect from a career in the industries they are interested in. They will gain a ‘behind the scenes’ understanding of their future lifestyle as a worker, and employee, and learn about the skills needed to succeed in the future world of work. Students in Years 10 – 12 have been emailed information about how to access this online digital expo.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) options at PGS

Students looking to develop and broaden their skills while studying at school, might like to consider undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. There are many to choose from including courses in Agriculture, Animal Studies, Automotive, Business Services, Child Care, Construction, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Fitness, Game Design, Hair & Beauty, Horticulture, Hospitality, Make Up and Plumbing, and details can be found on the Pulteney Futures website. Many of the predicted growth areas into the future are covered through Vocational Education and Training, with positive employment outcomes for many who undertake this pathway. Another positive aspect of pursuing a vocational pathway is that the current median starting salary for a VET graduate is slightly higher ($56,000) than the starting median salary for a university graduate ($54,000). If parents or students would like to discuss VET options further, please feel free to contact me.

Year 7 Futures – Dream and Discover

I am very excited to be working with the Year 7 students for the first time. Last week, I presented a “Future World of Work” seminar to them, where they explored the changing nature of work, the impacts of technology, globalisation and an ageing population on the future workforce, the potential challenges the world will face moving forward, the opportunities these will provide, and the skills required to solve them. Over the next 5 weeks, the students will further explore their skills, values and interests, and have an opportunity to dream big and explore what their future might hold.

If you have any questions, or require any additional support or resources, please feel free to contact me on 8216 5553, or via email at

Have a fantastic rest of the week! 


Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures

Year 9 Camp 2020

On Wednesday last week we held a Year 9 Camp Parent Information evening in Wyatt Hall. It was well attended and began with a welcome from me, followed by a presentation on Experiential Learning and why we value the camp experience from Steven McCulloch, Head of Student Wellbeing, who was speaking on behalf of our Coordinator of Experiential Learning, Mr Dan Polkinghorne, who was unable to attend the evening. Clayton Shaw from OEG then spoke about the camp logistics and directed parents to the OEG website where all the information that is needed can be acquired.

Some points for parents to note and to attend to:

  • The Year 9 camp is to be held in the Wilpena Pound region of the Flinders Ranges this term in Week 9. 
  • Students are required to meet at school by 7.30am on Monday 14 September for an 8.00am departure, meeting in the school quad. Students will return to school at 5.00pm on Friday 18 September. 
  • The OEG website can be accessed OEG website .  To access click on LOG IN enter Pulteney Grammar School and use the password ‘Explore’.  When you have entered the website, click on Year 9, then click on ‘Learn More’. From here parents can access the program, the clothing and equipment checklist etc. 
  • Parents need to add their child’s medical information into Caremonkey. Parents should have received an email from the CareMonkey system. Please feel free to contact The Outdoor Education Group CareMonkey team if you have any questions, concerns or feedback, via You can also visit the CareMonkey website for more information:
  • If there are reasons for concern about your child attending this camp, please contact me or your child’s Head of House to discuss. 
  • To indicate your consent for your child to attend this camp please click here to complete the consent form.

Further information regarding the camp will be provided to parents in the coming weeks in the PRW so please look carefully in this weekly newsletter.

Our Year 9 students had a presentation from OEG last week and should be aware of the website and how to access the relevant information. Each week we will be working with the Year 9s to ensure they are well-prepared for the camp.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School


During STEM week students throughout the school welcomed guest speakers from a range of different Health professions. Year 9 students were fortunate to have Ayla Hoogendoorn join them to discuss her work as a research scientist. Ayla is a postdoctoral researcher and NHI fellow at SAHMRI (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute). She is currently serving a research fellowship, having travelled to Australia from the Netherlands, and specialises in cardiac research, specifically studying atherosclerosis which is the build-up of plaque in the heart.

Ayla shared her personal career journey before providing the students with insights into the type of research she is undertaking. Ayla also talked to the students about the importance of building professional networks. She emphasised how these connections have helped her throughout her career and that it is never too soon to start building these networks.

Year 8 students participated in the World of Maths where, in groups, students had to attempt a range of puzzles. The puzzles ranged from spatial awareness activities where they had to fit shapes into a larger defined shape. There were puzzles which challenged their  estimation skills and those that simply required logic and trial and error.

Another STEM activity involved students from the Middle School and one ninety being treated to a virtual reality experience.

The Year 9 girls were privileged to hear from a range of successful females involved in the Technology industry. They were able to ask questions and hear the different perspectives and learn of the journeys the panel members had taken.

Many thanks to Georgie Buenfeld, Learning Area for Digital Technology and Dr Michelle Coop, Learning Area Leader for Mathematics for arranging all the aforementioned STEM activities for our students.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

Debating Round 2, 2020

After a rather turbulent start to what was nearly a cancelled season, it has been a pleasure to once again host the Year 6 and 7 Debating SA competition in the Pulteney Grammar Middle School building. Our most recent Debating evening occurred on Tuesday of Week 5. During this event, over five hundred parents, coaches and Year 6 and 7 students attended from various schools across the state.

Two of our newest – and youngest - debaters, Year 7 Green and Year 7 Orange, competed on this evening. Year 7 Green remain undefeated, winning yet again in a riveting debate against Pembroke, while unfortunately 7 Orange conceded against St Thomas. A special congratulations to Samara Zhang, who received Best Speaker in her debate representing Year 7 Green.

Prep School
Life Education Program

The Prep School welcomed the ‘Life Education Dome’ to Pulteney Grammar from Monday 10 to Tuesday 18 August.

Each class had the opportunity to experience the fun and engaging learning centre as Life Education staff member Bob delivered specific programs to each year level on the following topics:

Years 3 and 4. All Systems Go

  • This module told the story of a futuristic machine that takes a tour of the human body. Students were introduced to the body’s systems as the story unfolded

Year 5. On the Case

  • This module introduced a fantasy world story that looked at the history, effects, influences and pressures of smoking.

Year 6. Think Twice

  • This module included animated vox pop videos to introduce the children to a story relating to the topic of alcohol. The modules included information on the myths, facts, and strategies for responding to encouragement or pressure to drink and strategies to reduce harmful effects of alcohol on self and others.

Life Education’s health and drug education program has been integrated into the Prep School Term 3 curriculum as it is linked to the Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education.

The Prep School staff will continue delivering positive health messages in classrooms throughout the year as we assist our students to develop the knowledge and understanding needed to make informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.

Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 students thoroughly enjoyed their three-day outdoor education learning experience at Douglas Scrub, McLaren Vale, from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 August. The children participated in a range of learning activities such as shelter building, cooking on small trangia stoves, and nature and night walks. I was particularly pleased, when visiting the campsite, to observe the children working cooperatively with their peers in paired and team challenges as they broadened their understanding, knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors.

Australian Mind Lab Olympics Team 2020

Congratulations to the following students who will represent Pulteney Grammar at the Australian Mind Lab Olympics 2020. 

Luke Hughes

Chris Li

Leon Boffo

Wen Hui Teoh 

Alisha Yu

Matthew Liu

Harry Marks

Angus Perry 

The Mind Lab Olympic Tournament is an educational competition that brings children together from a range of Independent Schools each year as they compete in a championship series of thinking games. The final date for the tournament will be finalised in the near future, pending COVID 19 restrictions.

Assessment and Reporting

Assessment plays an essential role in the development and implementation of curriculum in the Prep School. Teachers conduct regular assessment tasks to ensure that both the content and delivery of the curriculum is appropriate for individual students. Students are assessed prior to, during, and at the end of units of work.

Teachers make ongoing assessments and document student progress throughout the year. Assessment may take place in the form of observations, anecdotal notes, checklists, and assessment tasks. Teachers use a range of assessment tasks in order to cater for the needs and learning styles of the individual students.

There are three types of assessment:

1.         Pre-assessment. Teachers determine what students know prior to the start of a unit. This helps the teacher to plan the unit of work based on the needs of the students and to differentiate the curriculum as necessary.

2.         Formative assessment. Teachers monitor the learning that is taking place throughout the unit and adjust the curriculum accordingly. 

3.         Summative assessment. Students participate in tasks to demonstrate their learning at the end of the unit of work. This may be done through tests, projects, models, drama presentations, slideshows, etc.

Student Led Conferences are conducted at the end of Term 1 and 3. Formal written reports are distributed at the end of Terms 2 and 4.

NAPLAN testing Australia wide was cancelled this year due to COVID 19. However, all students in the Prep School will participate in formal end of year assessments in Reading, Spelling and Mathematics. This data will be analysed, compared with last year’s data, and then shared with the class teachers for 2021 during end of year handover meetings.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep



Year 6 to 7 Transition 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 Yr 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 School Language and Culture
Year 3 and 4 Food Experience

In week 8 (Monday 7 to Thursday 10 September), the Year 3 and 4 students will be invited to eat dumplings during Mandarin lessons to celebrate our revised Languages and Culture Celebration Week (due to Covid 19). Chinese cuisine has always been an important part of the Chinese culture. The purpose of tasting dumplings is to help students to gain a better understanding of how environment or culture can influence food preferences. Although some students have been to a Chinese restaurant before, for some students it will be the very first time that they have tried dumplings.

The ingredients of dumplings include pork mince, salt, Chinese cabbage, flour, vegetable oil and dumpling wrappers. For students who require gluten free, the ingredients for their dumplings will include gluten free flour and gluten free soy sauce. There will also be a vegetarian option with Chinese cabbage as the main ingredient.

I would be grateful if you would please consider whether you are happy for your child to be part of this celebration and complete the consent form here by Tuesday 1 September 2020.

For further information please email Ms Huang on 

Minmin Huang

Chinese/Mandarin Teacher

Prep Concert Choir

The Prep Concert Choir has two upcoming performances to which I cordially invite Prep Concert Choir Parents to attend. ‘Coffee in the Quad’ music happening at 8am on Friday 28 August  will feature the Prep, Middle and High School Choirs. Please come and enjoy a cuppa in the quad while listening to the choirs.

Saturday 19 September will feature Kurrajong and Prep Concert Choirs in an ensembles concert in Wyatt Hall. Time to be confirmed. Please come and enjoy the entertainment from music ensembles at Pulteney.

I look forward to seeing you at both events.

Sally Oxenberry

Prep Music Teacher

Pop Up Scholastic Book Fair 2020
Pop Up Scholastic Book Fair, 2020
Monday 24 August – Wednesday 28 August

After last year’s successful fundraising effort, we are pleased to announce the Scholastic Book Fair pop-up store will continue as part of our Book Week celebrations to help raise money for the Prep Resource Centre. The fair will be held in the Prep School undercroft and will be open Monday to Wednesday before and after school.

Purchases are made just like a normal bookstore. That is, rather than taking orders, books are purchased and taken home on the day. Scholastic offers a wide range of popular children’s titles starting from prices as low as $5.00. There will also be a range of fun stationery items and ‘wacky packs’ available. These items will cost between $1.00 and $10.00. In the interest of COVID-19 risk reduction, we ask that payments are made via EFTPOS. If you wish to make a cash payment, exact monies are required.

As with previous Book Fairs, families are also encouraged to purchase a book as a donation for the Resource Centre. All donated books will have a book plate placed inside the front cover recognising the contributing family or student. If you would like to donate a book, simply make your purchase at the Book Fair counter and indicate to a staff member on the desk that you would like to donate. They will ask you to complete a slip stating the name you would like to appear on the book plate.

The Prep Resource Centre staff are looking forward to sharing this exciting opportunity with our school community.

Georgie Buenfeld, Anna Zerillo and Julie Ackerman




Book Week ParadeWe look forward to celebrating the Book Week parade in the Robert Henshall Sports Centre on Thursday 27 August. The parade will commence at 8:45am and we welcome parents to join us for this annual special occasion. COVID-19 precautions and government restrictions require the School to ensure a maximum occupancy for the indoor venue equating to 1 person per 2sqm. As such, we are please asking that only one adult attends per family. In accordance with best practice to facilitate contact tracing, were it required, adults will be asked to sign into the Sports Centre prior to the commencement of the parade. Parents are encouraged therefore to arrive at 8:30am to complete the sign-in process. Adults will be required to stand to watch the parade and to observe appropriate social distancing practices. There will be hand sanitiser available on entry. The theme is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds but as always, students are welcome to dress up as their favourite book character. 

Student Led Conferences

Student Led Conferences will be held for Reception-Year 2 students in Weeks 8 and 9, commencing on Monday 7 September through until Friday 18 September.   Student Led Conferences will take place in your child's classroom. In next week’s PRW, more information will be provided on how to book a time using the online booking system. 

Kurrajong Assembly and Chapel Services

Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend Kurrajong Assemblies each Wednesday morning at 8.35am and Chapel Services on Thursdays at 1.20pm which are held in the School Chapel. We ask that you please sign in at the entrance and practice social distancing. Extra seating is available upstairs and hand sanitiser will also be provided at the door.

Pulteney Storybook Series

Each Friday we will be sharing 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 Inclusive Education Karen Kurczak share a book titled ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr Suess HERE.

Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong

Vacation Care October 2020

I am pleased to announce that the OSHC October 2020 Vacation Care program and booking forms are ready with a due date of 16 September.

You can find a copy of the Vacation Care booking form HERE
or on the Pulteney website. Any bookings received after the due date (16 September 2020) will incur a late booking fee of $5 per day, per child.

Please be mindful that we do not have access to the onsite nurse in the Vacation Care period and will require all medication and updated Medical Action Plans to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child. If your child has a medical condition, such as Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Diabetes, Epilepsy etc, we require an updated Medical Action Plan. Your child will not be able to attend OSHC if these plans are not provided prior to their attendance.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone.

Vancy Truong

OSHC Acting Director

Tel: 08 8216 5545
Mob: 0459 881 682