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Pulteney Review Weekly. Term 4, Week 3 2020

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What You Need To Know This Week
Middle School:

Year 8 Science Alive Excursion – Consent click here

Prep School: 

Kurrajong Concert – Wednesday 18 November, 6.30pm Adelaide Town Hall – click here for tickets (tickets open Monday 2 November)

Year 5 Camp – Wednesday 11 November
Information re the program:
Medical Details
Consent form link

Year 6 Moving On Ceremony – Wednesday 18 November, 8.45am in Wyatt Hall  – click here for RSVP/attendance. 

HSK Test (Hanyu Shuiping Kasochi-the Chinese proficiency test – 6 December 2020 – Registrations close 9 November.  Click here for Registration/Click here for sample test.

All School:

Term 4 String Soiree – Wednesday 4 November, 6.00pm Pulteney Chapel – click here for consent (due 30 October)

OSHC December 2020 and Vacation Care January 2021 – booking form and consent here




Middle School

As has been tradition in the Middle School for a number of years, Year 9 City Week will again take place this year, running from Monday 16 to Friday 20 November. During this week, all Year 9 lessons will be suspended as students conduct a city research project in groups. The week will be a culmination of work undertaken during Wellbeing, English and Geography lessons, and is a wonderful opportunity for the students to engage with the wider community, conduct further research and undertake interviews.

The expectations, format and concept of this special week will be explained to the students during a series of year level information sessions, which will be delivered through Wellbeing Lessons in Term 4. There will be a number of presentations from members of the community, as well as sessions designed to assist students with the challenges of working in a group. Group planning and specific curriculum content will also be delivered during English and Geography lessons over the coming weeks.

Pulteney is very much a part of the Adelaide city square mile. In our curriculum, we endeavour to forge a strong connection between our students and their city in order to help them to define what it means to be an active global citizen.  We also believe that the resources of the city provide a ‘rich classroom’ that can dramatically enhance the curriculum and engage the students in relevant and experiential learning. 

During City Week our students will make these connections in a structured, challenging and meaningful way.  Students are organised into groups of three or four, and each group will be assigned a staff and student mentor, who will guide and oversee their progress throughout the week.

Students will still be required to be punctual to school each morning in order to attend morning Tutor Group and meet with their mentors. They will be able to sign out and leave the school in order to visit relevant city locations, places and people independently, research their topic, and interview key stakeholders. All students will be expected to provide contact details so that they can be supported throughout the week. In 2020 students are increasingly encouraged to engage with the City community during the City Week period and, in the lead up to this week, should be booking in relevant activities, such as interviews, site visits, surveys, tours etc. In the past, students have been very responsible in this regard and we are confident that the 2020 Year 9 students will be the same. 

When out and about in the city, they are expected to: 

  • Wear their correct full school uniform;
  • Utilise their time effectively for their investigation;
  • Represent the school impeccably; and
  • Behave in a sensible, safe and appropriate manner at all times.

As it is a normal school week for the remainder of the school, students are expected to attend their normal sport practices and matches.

Students will be able to buy lunch or a snack when they are in the city, but this should not happen every day. As a guide from past years, students are encouraged not to have more than $40 for the week. We would encourage any member of the Pulteney community, including family and friends of the students, to arrange to meet with groups and share relevant experiences and information related to their investigation to build further community engagement with our students.

The students will present to the school community both the process they followed, as well as their findings from their investigation, in the City Week Expo, in the Middle School Building at 6pm on Tuesday 1 December 2020. Projects will compromise of a booth at the Expo as well as the screening of a 5-minute documentary for each group. Attendance at the evening is compulsory for all Year 9 students. All families and members of the community are warmly invited to attend and celebrate the hard work of the Year 9s.


Kind Regards

Middle School Heads of Houses

Prep School
Term 4 Dance Program

The Prep School children are currently enjoying a block of dance lessons led by Erin Zilm from Dancify - Dance Education for Kids. Dancify teaches Australian National curriculum based dance in a wide range of dances and styles, planned to engage students of all ages.

Erin has introduced the children to a variety of dances to date, designed to develop skills in fundamental movement, flexibility and fitness. Year level groups have loved participating in the program specifically designed to build self-confidence, creativity and self-esteem in students at all year levels.

Grandparents’ Day

All students are also busily writing letters to grandparents’ and special friends as we had to cancel our annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends Day for 2020 due to COVID 19. The children are writing poems, tributes and letters of gratitude and thanks to their grandparents’ or special friends which will be posted on 5 November.

Grandparents’ Day is a favourite event for all in the Prep School and we look forward to celebrating this occasion again in 2021.

Class placements 2021

During the next few weeks the 2021 classroom lists will be compiled. Placement for students result from a range of information gathered from the current year by classroom and learning support teachers, together with an awareness of individual student academic and social development and peer interactions. The successful implementation of these guidelines ensures a smooth transition whereby the learning and wellbeing of each student remains paramount.

As the Prep School staffing for next year is still in the process of being finalised a letter outlining class placements for 2021 will be sent to parents and carers in due course.

Please note that all written requests from parents will be taken into consideration as class lists are formed. However, I must stress that, as it is important for us to consider the needs of each individual child as we formulate class lists, requests by parents may not always be able to be met. Thank you for your understanding with this matter.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep School 

Parent Workshop

It was a pleasure listening to Madhavi speak last week at the Parent Workshop. Madhavi shared her presentation on how to support confidence and growth through transitions, to enable resilience in children. Further information on strategies to use to build confidence and resilience in children can be found on the Positive Minds Australia website

Book Week Performance

Today the students will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive performance titled ‘Greatest Discovery’ as part of this year’s Book Week celebrations. The performance will feature and explore a range of Australian children’s books and the theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds, encouraging students to engage with reading in an active and energetic manner.

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 see Digital Technologies Learning Area Leader Georgie Buenfield share a book titled ‘Pig the Pug’ by Aaron Blabey.








What's happening this fortnight

Book Week Performance 27 October
Steam Project Days 28 & 29 October
Outdoor Classroom Day 5 November


Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong

Year 3 - 12 Academic Honesty Policy

Throughout the year the Heads of Sub Schools have been working on the development of an Academic Honesty Policy for Years 3 to 12. The aim was to develop a policy that helped educate students about academic honesty, which includes plagiarism, misconduct in tests and exams, collusion and fabrication of information.

The policy has been through several stages in draft form and feedback has been sought from teachers and Learning Area Leaders.

To read the policy click here. If you would like to comment please feel free to contact your child’s Head of Sub School to do so.

Term 4 Summer Sports Program

I hope your child has enjoyed the start of the Term 4 Summer Sports Program. Please find below some updates regarding Basketball, Cricket and Athletics. As always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me (


Please see below an update to the athletics schedule (due to interest and coach availability): *Please note there is no longer a session on Wednesday morning*

Monday 7.30am – 8.15am (Throws)

Monday 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Track)

Tuesday 7.30am – 8.15am (Jumps)

Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm (Track)

Thursday 7.30am – 8.15am (Throws and Jumps)


Due to a number of requests, students will now be transported by bus to Wayville Stadium for all games beginning at or before 4.30pm, not 4.15pm as per original communication.

Students no longer need to take money to basketball games as the School will be invoiced at the end of the term.

Details of all trainings and games are available on the Pulteney Sports App. 


Year 2/3, 4/5 and 5/6 cricket team schedules have now been finalised. All official* games begin Saturday 31 October, and all information is available on the Sports App.
*The Year 4/5 and 5/6 teams will play an internal trial this Saturday on Harris Oval with details of the game below. 

Please arrive by 8:00am for warm up:

8:15 - 9:15am       First innings

9:15 - 9:30am       Innings changeover / drinks break

9:30 - 10:30am     Second innings

Term 4 Sport Photos:

All Term 4 sporting teams will be photographed on Wednesday 4 November. Please see attached link to a letter outlining further details .

Ben Searle

Prep School Health & Physical Education
Kurrajong & Prep School Sport and Coordinator




The Pulteney Foundation Long Lunch
The Pulteney Foundation Long Lunch


Silent Auction Donations

We understand this year has been difficult for many and The Pulteney Foundation has endeavoured to assist those in our community in need. Your generosity enables this to happen.
If you have any products or services you can kindly donate, we will promote your business on the auction website/app and at the event.

Items that have sold well in the past include cosmetic hampers, homewares, vouchers,
food and wine hampers, jewellery and accessories, tools and exercise equipment. 

Every item counts and any donations are greatly appreciated.
Please contact Cate Boucher or Suzie Boyaci Muus at the Community Relations Office if you have any queries.

You can drop your items at Wheaton House from
8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Without the generosity of our community, these events would not be possible.

Thanking you in advance.

Online Ticket sales are now closed, but you can still get tickets.

Although online bookings are now closed you can still get a ticket, there are very few seats left, so be quick if you dont want to miss out.
To purchase a ticket, email 

Join the Pulteney Community for The Pulteney Foundation's annual Long Lunch. Hosted at Jarmer's Kitchen, with all proceeds going to The Pulteney Foundation, guests will have the opportunity to re-connect and enjoy a leisurely continuous lunch accompanied by quality wines.

Although a little different this year, we know it will be a fun afternoon, we hope you will join us.

Please be sure to book the area you prefer, there are limited numbers this year so be quick.



The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day
The Pulteney Foundation Golf Day

Invitation to Players
Friday 13 November
11.30am registration - 12.30pm tee off
Mount Osmond Golf Club
Fee is $150 and includes
Green fees 18 holes
Light Lunch before tee off
Post Round Dinner & Presentation
Bookings at

School Calendar
Term 4 2020 Calendar Events 


Monday 26 to Friday 30 October


Year 8 Camp


Tuesday 27 October


Kurrajong Book Week Performance -The Greatest Discovery

Wyatt Hall

Tuesday 27 October


Piano Soiree


Wednesday 27 October


Principal’s Tour

Senior School

Thursday 28 October


Principal’s Tour

Junior School

Friday 30 October

From 8.50am

Year 10 (2021) Subject interviews


Friday 30 October


Quad Café

Quad/Middle School

Friday 30 October


Play Group


Sunday 1 November


Long Lunch in the Kitchen

Jarmers restaurant

Monday 2 to Tuesday 17 November


Year 12 examinations

Centre for Senior Learning

Monday 2 to Friday 6 November


Creative Expressions Week


Tuesday 3 November


Stage 1 Music Solo Performance Assessment Concert


Wednesday 4 November


Strings Soiree


Thursday 5 November

All day

Kurrajong Outdoor classroom day


Friday 6 November


Middle School Science Alive 2020 STEM Day Out

Adelaide Showgrounds

Friday 6 November


Quad Café

Quad/Middle School

Friday 6 November


Play Group


Friday 6 November


Junior Art and Year 12 Visual Art and Design graduating exhibition

Art Centre

Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November


Year 5 Camp

Victor Harbour

Wednesday 11 November


Remembrance Day Assembly


Wednesday 11 November


Conservation Corps Excursion

Monarto Zoo

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 November


Year 10/11 Drama Production


Wednesday 11 November


Middle School new parents evening

Middle School

Friday 13 November


Middle School – new student orientation day / PE day

Middle School / Quad

Friday 13 November


Quad Café

Quad/Middle School

Friday 13 November


Play Group


Friday 13 November


Community Relations Golf Day

Mount Osmond Golf Club

Friday 13 November

All day

Casual Clothes day

All sub-schools


Parents and Friends Annual General Meeting


Dear Pulteney Community,

Re: Parents & Friends of Pulteney

Nominee to the Pulteney Grammar School Board of Governors 

The Parents & Friends have 2 nominees on the Pulteney Grammar School Board of Governors. One position will become vacant in late 2020 with the retirement of Mr Colin Dudley whose term comes to an end.

We sincerely thank Colin for his contribution as a P&F Nominee to the PGS Board of Governors during his 2 Board terms from 2013 – 2020.

I am writing to the Pulteney Community seeking expressions of interest to fill this vacancy commencing in 2021.

You can see the The Pulteney Grammar School Board Charter here for information, detailing the terms on which Board members agree to their appointment, as well as providing information in relation to the operation of the Board.

We sincerely encourage interested and suitably qualified members of the community to consider the opportunity; the fields of commercial law and accountancy are among those highly regarded for the role.

Please forward your expression of Interest to:

Sue Loftes,

President P&F, Pulteney Grammar School,

via     by 5pm, Monday 2nd November 2020

The Parents & Friends Committee look forward to considering all expressions of interest received to put forward our nominee to the PGS Board.

The nominee will have an important role contributing their expertise, skills, and passion as a member of the PGS Board of Governors in providing oversight and guidance for the Pulteney Grammar School of tomorrow.

Sue Loftes

President, P&F of Pulteney 


PF Annual General Meeting invite 2020

Outdoor Education and Conservation Corp

As part of the Stage 1 Outdoor Education course this term, an overnight camp is scheduled to Onkaparinga River National Park and Goolwa on November 5 and 6. The program will involve outdoor rock-climbing at Onkaparinga Gorge and sailing at Goolwa, to provide opportunity for skill development in outdoor activities, as well as progression of leadership and sustainable practices. The program will depart at 8am on the 5th and return at 4pm on the 6th. Students have planned the program with guidance and support from School staff, and will prepare group and personal equipment as part of their learning.

The main aim of these outdoor experiences is for students to demonstrate field study techniques in association with their personal experience, applying knowledge and showing evidence of skills in observation, recording and interpreting aspects of the activities and the environment. Students will be assessed in their practical skills, planning and packing, risk management strategies, environmental studies and reflection on their experiences. If you have any queries related to the program, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr Daniel Polkinghorne via email,

Conservation Corp

On Thursday 15 October the Conservation Corps Team initiated a day to raise awareness for sustainable environmental practice. There was a range of activities in the Quad during lunchtime, as well as messages broadcast throughout the School. Wilbur’s Wildlife provided some hands on engagement with animals and there was the opportunity to plant some seedlings and design reusable bags. The support from students was fantastic, demonstrated through the long line up for responsibly sourced pancakes and the interactions with the CC students. Thank you to all contributors and helpers, and please look to involve yourself in sustainable practice where you can, to help protect our planet.

In Week 2 we farewelled James Anderson and Mia Paolo, the two Year 12s involved in the Conservation Corps over the past few years. James is passionate about waste reduction and has driven many initiatives in his involvement in Conservation Corps. A keen promoter of environmental action and an advocate for making change meant James has been a highly valued member of the group. Mia is the Conservation Corps Captain, and she role modelled and provided leadership extensively through the year. Her quiet nature and passion for the conservation allowed Mia to interact well with all the students from Years 6 to 11. She is commended on her contribution to the Corps and we are thankful for the time and effort she put into the initiatives. We wish James and Mia all the best in their future ventures.

Please click here to a DEW publication that features a small article on the work the Conservation Corps students did in the mid-semester break, for your information.