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Pulteney Review Weekly Term 2, Week 5 2020

From the Principal

The 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity is most commonly remembered for the brassy Act I song ‘Big Spender’.  The opening number to Act II though, The Rhythm of Life’, lays claim to my favourite number from the production. As two songs from the same production, they speak to very different messages. Where ‘Big Spender’ is a solo plea for attention, ‘Rhythm’ is a chorus number. Led and immortalised by Sammy Davis Jnr, ‘The Rhythm of Life’ is a celebration of vitality and purpose in its lyrics. In its implications, it speaks to Daddy Bruebeck’s call to lead the congregation at the Rhythm of Life Church in Manhattan. For the titular Charity of the musical, it offers a glimpse of a different life, a life led in consort with others; a life of meaning gained from the collective spirit rather than the pursuit of an individualistic goal.

Our return to school reminds me in some way of this shift in focus; the past four weeks an exercise in re-establishing the ‘rhythm of life’ in a changed world. Some of my colleagues have observed that this term has felt, in many ways, like a second start to the school year, such has been the focus on the re-establishment of routine and the re-commencement of activity. This rhythm of school life is something that we take for granted most of the time. The simple structure to our day, down to the regularity of the school bell, offer cues that guide. Later this term, I hope to be able to release a calendar for Semester Two that will provide a summary of scheduled activities for each year level. It will, I hope, be able to offer the final return of the rhythm of school life. It may not afford the ‘tingle in your fingers’ or the ‘tingle in your feet’ that Sammy Davis Jnr promises, but the gentle hum of school life is most certainly a ‘powerful beat’.

Cameron Bacholer


From the Deputy Principal

Over time, educators have recognised that the methods of schooling young people, adopted largely in the 19th century, are no longer truly fit for purpose in the 21st century. If we want our young people to thrive then a new paradigm is needed. We know that to succeed in this ever-changing world, students need to be able to think and act as entrepreneurs, to be resourceful, flexible, creative and global. At the same time, we want them also to have a clear sense of moral purpose and foster a close connection with their community.

Looking into the future is challenging. However, we must do so, as our current Early Learning and Reception students at Pulteney will be graduating in 2033 - 2035. How will the world be different?

The OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Education 2030 Secretariat states:

“Globalisation, technological innovations, climate and demographic changes and other major trends are creating both new demands and opportunities that individuals and societies need to effectively respond to....there are increasing demands on schools to prepare students for more rapid economic and social change, for jobs that have not yet been created, for technologies that have not yet been invented and to solve social problems that have not been anticipated in the past.”

At Pulteney we understand that a successful education is much more than a set of good standardised (NAPLAN) test scores or an excellent ATAR at the conclusion of Year 12. A successful education can spark students’ imagination, inspire their passions and support them to develop the necessary intra and inter-personal skills to engage proactively, productively and positively in their world. Technology is an important educational tool in this paradigm.

As educators, it is important that we ignite in students, a natural curiosity and willingness to engage in activities associated with the use of technology. The challenge many schools face today is not only to cater for the needs of individual students but to prepare them for further study and work in a technological age. The expansion of information and communication technologies in schools is having a significant impact on the way we teach, on the way students learn and the way we all access and use information. Apart from Information Technology subjects themselves, it is all but impossible to teach subjects such as Art and Design, Science and Mathematics, English and History without access to technology both within and beyond the classroom. Our challenge is to make best use of technological devices in ways that are not only efficient, but more importantly, in ways that enhance learning and understanding. It is also important that we stay abreast of current developments and continue to investigate ways that technology can enhance the delivery of the curriculum for the benefit of our students.

Play is an essential part of early learning. It is the lifeblood of the learning process. As children play they are developing the cognitive, socio-emotional and physical skills they will need to be successful in adult life. Fab labs and digital maker programs can empower students to be designers, makers and creators. Design based learning actively engages students in the design, test and evaluate process. It is important our students have the opportunity to develop real world problem solving skills and have the opportunity to create and innovate through the use of technology. Whether it be through robotics, involving basic coding and programming, or 3D printers or laser cutters, it is vital our students learn by doing, collaborate and co create with their peers, educators and members of the wider community.

Our Teaching and Learning Committee (affectionately known by the acronym TLC) comprises of curriculum and wellbeing school leaders who understand the challenges that face our educators and students. The TLC work tirelessly to explore best teaching practice and continue to challenge the status quo with the view of discovering new ways of improving the teaching and learning experience for staff and students. I consider myself extremely fortunate to chair a committee that is resolute in its commitment to designing centres for learning, and a curriculum that meets the social, emotional, spiritual and physical wellbeing needs of our students so that they may prosper.

Greg Atterton

Deputy Principal

one ninety

Alan Laiken once said that, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now”. Traditional schooling has now been re-established for just over four weeks, and our students have integrated themselves back into their academic routines. We are pleased and proud of their efforts. However, it is important to be keenly aware of what the future holds and I therefore offer the following key dates and accompanying details.

Navy Blue Formal (Year 11 and 12): Friday 21 August 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 ‘Navy Blue’ has been rescheduled to take place within the Adelaide Convention Centre. Located in the heart of the city, the iconic Convention Centre will provide a wondrous setting that will help to create lasting memories for our Year 11 and 12 students.  

This exciting occasion will be held between 7.00pm to 10.30pm.  

Students have been informed of this date change and have been asked to contact the school if there have been any changes as to who their guest will be for the evening. Should a student intend to bring a guest, who had previously not been scheduled to attend, then they must approach the Reception desk of the Centre for Senior Learning to make appropriate arrangements regarding recording of details and payment.

Should payment not have been made by a student as yet, could this please be done via TryBooking.

All Year 11 and 12 students will be dismissed at 12.40pm on Friday 21 August.  All students are expected to be at school until 12.40pm regardless of the need to make appointments for hair, suiting or other similar arrangements. Students and partners are encouraged to arrive at the Formal by 6.45pm ready to enjoy the festivities at 7.00pm.

As has previously been communicated, please note that we in no way condone ‘after-parties’. As a community, we believe they detract from the Formal and pose risks for both hosts and guests. All too often problems which arise following the Formal relate to ‘after parties’ rather than the Formal itself.

Year 10 and 11 Semester 1 Examinations: 22 – 26 June

The upcoming examination period is an opportunity for students to obtain first-hand experience of undertaking examinations and the additional preparations involved with them.

This will naturally be a slightly nervous experience for our students, but also one which they will ultimately find rewarding as this period will provide key assistance in preparation for their important final Year 12 SACE examinations in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Moreover, it will present an opportunity to consolidate on the teaching and learning that has taken place throughout the semester. In efforts to assist them, subject teachers will ensure that students are prepared with specific content knowledge while, earlier this year, Mrs Annecke Redelinghuys (School Counsellor) has helped our students to explore and understand how the teenage brain works so as to best assist them in their studies. Our students have gained a deeper understanding of the brain’s capability to learn and what the optimal conditions are to ensure that the study a teenager undertakes proves to be rewarding.

The last day of regularly scheduled Year 10 and 11 lessons will be Thursday 18 June. All Year 10 and 11 students will then be provided with the opportunity to have one day of swotvac on Friday 19 June before they begin their examinations on Monday 22 June.  Examinations will run up to and including Friday 26 June.

Students are only required to be at school when one of their examinations is scheduled.  However, if they wish to study in The Centre for Senior Learning or seek extra tuition from subject teachers, they are welcome to do so. Please note that whenever a student is on campus they are to wear their school uniform.

A copy of the examination timetable and all guidelines for students to adhere to can be accessed via this link. Please take the time to read the guidelines with your child so that they have an understanding of the examination expectations and are at ease with them.

Nicholas Brice

Head of one ninety

Middle School

In the first assembly of the school year, the House Spirit Cup was introduced to Middle School students. The original House Cup, dating back to 1946, was found and this sparked the idea that we would like to reward House spirit and not simply the best performing House teams.

Points for the House Spirit Cup will be awarded for a range of things from the House that wears their House colours with the most pride at House events, to the best House chant. Each House has produced a one-minute video, which must include the House chant and demonstrate House spirit. I am the judge of the House Spirit Cup and the awarder of House points!

We will inform you of the winner at a later date

The Middle School Heads of House are also exploring activities to involve our students and to continue to nurture House pride.  They will be looking at activities that maximise participation, and that are lot of fun. 

On Wednesday 19 May, the Houses competed in a giant Tunnel Ball event. Each member of the House was involved. It was a lot of fun, challenging, but most importantly, a great activity to enhance student interactions and to build House spirit.

Later this term the Middle School Houses will be competing against each other for Rungie Cup points through table tennis and chess events. Healthy competition with maximum participation and compliance with social distancing will be ensured. 

Reconciliation Week

Wednesday 27 May, is the beginning of Reconciliation Week. Reconciliation is about building respectful relations – between our First Nations people, and the wider Australian community. It is about growing understanding and committing to action to help fix the disparity that exists in our community.

We have come along way, but the disparity between the lives of indigenous and non-indigenous people still exists. In some instances, the disparity is growing.

There are many ideas we hope students will learn more about during Reconciliation week, such as:

  • The significance of Welcome to Country
  • The Aboriginal Flag
  • The Apology
  • The Stolen Generation
  • Land rights.

In Tutor lessons we plan for students take some time to explore the many resources that exist about reconciliation and to have some respectful discussion about what we can do to promote reconciliation and equality.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School


Prep School
Sport Training

The Prep School students were very excited to return to sport training this week and we were thankful that the rain held off to allow the first session to run through to its finish. Although all interschool competition has been postponed for the near future, much has been planned for forthcoming training sessions for the various sports.

As well as a strong focus on skill development, each training session will include discussion on the core values of ‘commitment, unity and growth mindset’, which link to Pulteney Grammar’s vision for Sport: ‘Better Never Stops’. Following on from this, coaches will work with our students to help them to recognise the behaviours associated with each value and to understand the ways in which they can model these values within a team setting, both on and off the field.

It is our aim to encourage as many students as possible to train, play sport, and stay active to benefit their physical and mental health and wellbeing, as well as a way to develop their physical literacy.

School Music

The Prep School recently held an ‘Open Mic Forum’ in Music classes. We had an amazing variety of performances, from solo instrumentalists to singing duets, and some very clever drama skits like the one pictured about football with Hamish Ruff and Kai Dalby from Year 6. The boys wrote and created their witty performance themselves which they called ‘Sitting on the Bench’.

A highlight for the Year 3 and 4 classes during their open mic forum was a visit from Leo, a guest ‘beatboxer’ from Year 8.  Leo performed a fabulous beat boxing demonstration followed by a Q and A session with the children before then joining classes to make music with some of our Prep students. The students were very inspired by Leo’s visit. This experience was an excellent example of the way in which our Peer Support Program encourages students across the School to mix with children from other year levels as they benefit from the cross-age curriculum based learning activities that the initiative provides. Our Prep School Music specialist teacher, Sally Oxenberry, is currently planning further collaboration and mentoring experiences,  for Semester 2.

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep School


Last week the co-curricular program began in Kurrajong. The children that were registered through the TryBooking process earlier in the term experienced Aikido, AusKick, Netty, Hookin2Hockey and MiniRoos. Please contact Kurrajong Sport Coordinator, Mr Ben Searle, for any questions related to the sports on offer and registrations,

The Kurrajong Dance program will continue in an online format for Term 2 until further notice. Any questions regarding Performing Arts, including Kurrajong Dance or tutor lessons, should be communicated to Mr Jonathon Rice,

Children are able to wear their sports uniform on a day that they have a co-curricular sport after school. Any students that are not collected at the end of the co-curricular session will be taken to OSHC.

Grandparents’ Day Letter Writing in Year 2

Year 2 students enjoyed writing letters to their grandparents, addressing the envelopes and walking to the post office to post them. This literacy activity allowed the children to practise how to write letters and to think carefully about what to include. We hope grandparents enjoy receiving their missives.

Return of iPad Chargers

Due to the Pulteney@Home program at the end of Term 1, iPad devices were sent home, as well as the chargers needed to charge the iPad. Unfortunately, we are still waiting on many chargers to be returned. If you still have your child’s iPad charger at home, please send it back to school. Thank you.

Pulteney Storybook Series

Each Friday we will be sharing a storybook online read by one of our Pulteney staff members. 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. Tihs week our Deputy Principal, Greg Atterton is sharing a book titled ‘The Things I Love About Friends’ by Trace Moroney.

You can watch Greg's video HERE.

There is a free Parenting Webinar addressing Sibling Conflict with Madhavi Nawana Parker available, details are below.

Spotlight on ELC Music

In ELC Music classes we have been singing and playing instruments and moving to music. We have been exploring sounds that we can make by looking at ‘loud and soft’ with the theme of animals. We then transfer what the students know about loud and soft music to other ideas. The year began with the theme of ‘myself and my community’ and then we followed the interests of the children. When children dress up, they use their imagination which in turn inspires themes such as the focus on animals. Music can accelerate brain development by supporting overall literacy and specifically reading and verbal language skills.  It can also ignite social and emotional Intelligence, motor skills development and give children an opportunity to express themselves. Music involves mathematical skills, such as counting, patterns and symmetry, while reflecting the rhythm of life and the world. Through music, children are taught about themselves and their community, about the world and how to live in harmony with others. 

Narelle Steffan

Kurrajong Music


From the Head of Sport

As another week passes we draw closer to normality. Week 4 witnessed the resumption of Prep and Kurrajong Sport, and having had the privilege of coaching the Kurrajong MiniRoos session last Thursday, I can testify to the absolute delight it was to be involved with young people running around, learning, having fun and loving life in the unique environment that is sport.

While the dedication of all involved in Navy Blue sport is to be lauded, I want to express my admiration for those involved in Basketball, Volleyball and Rowing.  These sports have of course had to relocate to outdoor venues and facilities, and while the rowers are accustomed to being outside they still prefer their early morning ergo and weight training sessions to be indoors.  The students involved in the early morning Basketball and Volleyball sessions have been inspiring in their ability to adapt to changed circumstances and can do attitudes (growth mindset), as well as adopting what can be described as an interesting ‘look’ in order to help keep warm!  We have not seen Basketball players wear ‘beanie’s’ before!

This week will witness a start to us ramping up our expectations about attendance at training and of course reinforcing how we model our core values of ‘Commitment, Unity, Growth Mindset’ in pursuit of our purpose of ‘Better Never Stops’.

In line with the SA Governments recent announcements regarding Stage 2 restrictions we have updated our Sport Interim Training Schedule. The sports that are impacted are Basketball and Volleyball who are now able to train indoors and in some cases have a changed training day and/or time. All training times can be accessed via the Pulteney Sports App.

Huw Bowen

Head of Sport



Performing Arts
Performing Arts

As we all gradually come out of the performing arts period inactivity due to Covid-19, I am thrilled to announce that all the planned events for Term 3 2020 are now back into our performance program. This means events like the Classical Concert, ABODA Band Festival, SACE Stage 2 Drama Production, Pulteney Dance Concert and the Gig@theGov are all going to happen. What is not so clear, is how these events will all unfold.

While it remains uncertain as to how many people we can have in the audience of these events, we have decided that we need to get our students back on stage and developing their stage craft and performance skills. All our music co-curricular groups are back rehearsing which has been exciting for the students and the music staff, and now we have concerts and event programs to prepare. More information will flow as we gain a fuller understanding of any limitations on audience size and other considerations we need to observe.

Mary Poppins 2.0

We are so excited to announce that while we couldn't do our full musical production of Mary Poppins (which normally would have happened last week) we are thrilled to promote our concert version of Mary Poppins on Saturday 18 July in Wyatt Hall, at school. This concert version will feature the big chorus numbers as well as some acted scenes, lots of singing and load of dancing.

This concert will be live streamed so everyone can be part of this event. I know the cast; the staff production team and the School are excited that they can do at least this version of the show.

More information about this event will come out in the weeks ahead, including the codes to access the streamed concert.

Instrument/voice lessons available

I am pleased to report the number of students receiving individual instrumental and vocal lessons each week at Pulteney has increased again. This indicates that not only do students want to learn to play a musical instrument or to sing, but that parents are seeing the opportunity as highly beneficial for their children. To this end, it is never too late for a child to start to learn to sing or play an instrument. If you would like more information or any assistance at all, please contact me at

We have 17 instrumental and vocal music teaching staff ready to teach your son or daughter. I know some of our new students to Pulteney in 2020 have settled into the school and its routines (after Covid-19) so now could be a great time to initiate music lessons. I am happy to take your call or email to answer all your questions and to assist you in getting your child to learn to play a musical instrument. Ali O’Connell, our Performing Arts Administrator, is also available to assist in any way she can.

Special Note on Handbells

You may not be aware, but at Pulteney Grammar School we are blessed to have a Handbell Ensemble, under the directorship of highly experienced handbells player, adjudicator and conductor, Ali O’Connell. The group rehearses every Thursday at 7.30am for an hour and are now working towards preparing their performance programs for term 3. Last term we also started a junior handbells group who are made up of Prep students and they rehearse every Friday morning 7.30 – 8.30am. This young group have been so keen and are already playing wonderful music. I see handbells being a significant part of what we offer here at Pulteney, so we have a strong diversity of ensembles and choirs. Please contact Ali O’Connell if you would like further information.


Jonathon Rice

Head of Performance and Instrumental Music

Learning Area Leader – Performing Arts

Parents and Friends of Pulteney
P&F Sustainable Uniform “Pop-up”.

Between ELC and Year 12 our children go through several iterations of school uniform. Whether this is as a result of the school journey, progressing from one sub-school to the next or due to a massive growth spurt where nothing fits anymore, we all tend to have various pieces of unwanted uniform in good condition taking up valuable space at home [or as is the usual case with teenagers scrunched up at the back of their wardrobe].

To assist the school community in the disposal or acquisition of, required items, the P&F are hosting a “Pop-Up” of pre-loved uniforms for sale. 

Day 1              Friday May 29th

Day 2              Monday June 1st

Time               8am – 9.30am and 3pm- 4.30 pm

Location:        Ground Floor, PGS Middle School

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

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

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

Available items can be left in Mark Bourchier’s office in Wheaton House by 27 May.

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

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

8216 5504.


Sue Loftes

President Parents and Friends


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