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Pulteney Review Weekly. Term 4, Week 2 2020

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Middle School
Year 8 into Year 9 Elective choices

Last week the Year 8s were provided information regarding the Year 9 electives by the relevant Learning Area Leaders. They were shown how to make their selections using Web Preferences and sent the Web Preferences link as well as the link to the Elective Guide book that outlines briefly information regarding each elective. Students and parents have been asked to complete the elective selection process by Friday 23 October.

Year 9 into 10 Transition

Next week the Year 9s will complete the Pizza for Comment sessions with the Year 11 leaders answering the questions the Year 9 students generated on what they want to know about one ninety. The questions tend to be about subject selection, workload and uniform. The Year 11 students will be very open and honest with their answers and the Year 9s should gain a reasonable and accurate picture of what to expect when they enter one ninety in 2021.

The next stage in their transition will be subject selection and on Friday 30October the Year 9s will participate in Year 10 Subject Selection Interviews.

Year 9 Uniform Fittings

Year 9 students will all be sent an email from Mrs Martin with a time to attend the uniform shop for their one ninety uniform fitting. No orders will be taken it is simply a service to take measurements so they can ensure stock is on hand when parents are ready to order.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School 

Prep School

Welcome to Term 4!

Our calendar for the final term of the School year is looking very busy! I have

listed some important dates for the diary at the end of this letter.

Values and Ethics - Theme Term 4

The Prep School has chosen ‘Care and Compassion’ from the Values and Ethics curriculum as the theme for Term 4. Integrated into all key-learning areas, classroom teachers will explore the following concepts with their students:

Remember that it is important to:

  • Take care of myself
  • Take care of others
  • Take care of my environment

This theme will also be incorporated into the ‘Habits of Mind’ concepts that are being introduced at all year levels in the Prep School this term.

The four ‘Habits of Mind’ that the children will be encouraged to explore in class in Term 4 are:

  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Creating, Imagining and Innovating
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Finding Humour

I encourage all parents to take the opportunity to discuss the theme of ‘Care and Compassion’ and the ‘Habits of Mind’ with your children to help further their understanding and appreciation of these concepts.

Grandparents’ Day

Unfortunately, the School has had to make the decision to cancel Grandparents’ Day for 2020 due to COVID19. In lieu of this event, students at all year levels will be writing letters of gratitude and thanks to their grandparents or special friends in the first weeks of term. 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.


The children have all returned to school looking smart in their summer uniform. They will all be reminded during Assembly this week that the straw hat or akubra is part of the summer uniform and must be worn to and from school. If you could encourage your child to wear the correct uniform to school each day it would be greatly appreciated.

Term 4 Electives

The Prep School offers a range of optional Elective Activities for Term 4. Please clink on the attached link to access information on the program on offer.

Elective Activities Term 4 2020

Dates for the calendar

11-13 November -Year 5 Camp

13 November - Year 6 into Year 7 Transition Morning

19 - 20 November - Year 3 Camp

24 November – Pulteney Grammar Christmas Carols. St Peters Cathedral

25 November - Orientation Morning for Year 3 & 4 students 2020

26 November – Pulteney Celebrates. Adelaide Convention Centre

26 November - Orientation Morning for Year 5 & 6 students 2020

2 December - Anglicare Christmas Nature Market

3 December - Prep Party Day

4 December - Last day of term

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep

Drama for Emotional Intelligence program Term 4 2020 @ Pulteney Grammar with Positive Minds Australia.

Katie O'Reilly, professional actor and primary school teacher, will visit Pulteney to teach a 6 week program to build emotional intelligence, friendship tools and self confidence in your child based on Madhavi Nawana Parker's book 'The Confident Minds Curriculum.' Groups are capped at ten students per class and are offered as Year 3/4 groups and Year 5/6 groups. Once groups are arranged, Katie will communicate with parents and tailor them to suit the needs of the group. The 6 week program is $150.00. For a booking link to secure your child's place please email


Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep School 

CPR Lesson

The Year 2 students enjoyed learning some valuable skills last week with Registered Nurse, Romy Ottens. Students learnt how to respond to emergency situations, how to perform CPR on an adult, child and baby manikin, and also how to place people in the recovery position. Student thoroughly enjoyed the hands-on and interactive nature of this program.

Lost Property

Please ensure that all items belonging to your child are clearly labelled. Lost or misplaced items will be placed in the Lost Property Bin located in the bench outside the Kurrajong Front Office. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of the term. There are many items such as drink bottles and plastic containers that will be disposed of if not collected. Thank you.

Christmas Hampers for Mary Magdalene’s Centre

Once again Kurrajong families will be invited to donate items for Christmas hampers. Anglicare is hoping that schools will be able to provide hampers for the homeless and families on the poverty line. Class teachers will provide information to parents regarding the specific hampers for each class. A Christmas Giving Tree will also be set up in Kurrajong for Pulteney families who would like to buy a Christmas present for a child whose family cannot afford to buy gifts. If you would like to contribute when this is ready, please take a tag from the giving tree, purchase your gift and then place your gift with the tag under the tree. Please do not wrap the purchased gifts. Thank you.

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 Reverend Tracey Gracey will share a book titled ‘Echidnas on Everest’ by Andrew John McDonough below.








Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong

What You Need To Know This Week
One ninety: 

Headstart Program for 2021 information here – Application form here (due by Friday 23 October 2020)

Middle School:

Year 9 Elective Choice 2021 – 2021 Curriculum Guide here (due by 23 October 2020)
Year 8 Camp – Covid 19 Measures clicking here – Student Consent to attend camp click here
Year 8 Science Alive Excursion – Consent click here
Year 6 – 7 Transition/subject choice letter – Middle School Subject Elective Guide click here

Prep School: 

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

Madhavi Nawana Parker ‘Building Resilience and Confidence in Children’ – Thursday 22 October 8.45am – Attendance form


Madhavi Nawana Parker ‘Building Resilience and Confidence in Children’ – Thursday 22 October 8.45am – Attendance form. Please note venue change to School Chapel

Reception T and K Excursion to Botanic Gardens – Wednesday 21 October 10.00am – Consent form here

Year 2 Swimming – 20 and 22 October




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.

Tickets are selling fast! Click HERE to select your seats.

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 aware, there are two areas at Jarmer's Kitchen, the front restaurant area, and the function area at the back (The Jarmer Room). The live auction will be held in the larger function area and will be live streamed on screens in the restaurant area.

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 19 October


Year 8/9 T20 Cricket game


Tuesday 20 & Thursday 22 October


Year 2 Swimming

Marion Swim Centre

Wednesday 21 October


Reception Excursion

Botanic Gardens

Wednesday 21 October


Instrumental Music Soiree


Thursday 22 October


Madhavi Workshop


Friday 23 October

From 7.30am

Year 12 Valedictory day

Robert Henshall Gymnasium

Friday 23 October


Year 12 Valedictory dinner


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

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



Outdoor Education
Outdoor Ed

In the second week of the Term 3 break, ten students and three staff ventured to Kangaroo Island for a conservation focused program. The aim was to support the local community and help repatriate local environments, whilst learning about and enjoying unique settings. We partnered with Hanson Bay Sanctuary and the Department of Environment and Water to complete a lot of hands on work, and it was great to establish these connections. The students from Years 7 to 12 applied themselves exceptionally well, they learnt a lot about the area and enjoyed their time away. We hope this opportunity and the connections made will extend into the future and become a regular fixture in Pulteney’s Experiential Learning schedule. Please find a brief exert from one of the Year 12s reflection of the program.


After helping to organize needed equipment for the camp with some of the supporting teachers we left for KI. I was able to give my input on where we would get food from for the week. It was beneficial to shop once we got there, at a local supermarket, to give some money back into the local economy.

While on this day we didn’t undertake any of the activities I was about to develop my personal and social capability by introducing myself to other attendees and getting to know some of them. As one of the senior students of the group it was quite clear early that the workload might be a bit higher.


While wet and cold, I was able to quickly help work with the group showing a few members how to perform the days task, which involved removing Scotch thistle. This was also beneficial in getting to know the group better and how they would go for the rest of the week. One of my roles was performing headcounts, which was useful today, as before leaving for the afternoon activities I found that we were 4 people short. They were hiding from the rain in their tents!


While we performed our activities and bonded as a group, I was also able to be the group photographer, capturing the experience for presentation once we returned. This was a task I enjoyed and will enable us to plan and promote the opportunity further in the future. The weather today was improved, and we were able to meet the DEW people and learn about Dunnarts. These little creatures were severely impacted by the fires and it was interesting to set up camera traps and see what the habitat corridors can achieve.


The last official day of activities consisted of mostly tourist activities with sight-seeing and some information sessions about endangered species on the Island. Whilst out, one of the other senior attendees and I volunteered to cook for the group. This involved preparing, cooking and cleaning during free time and it was rewarding to see the younger students enjoy the food we prepared.

The last day we packed up camp and visited a couple more iconic places on the way back to the ferry. I enjoyed the opportunity to relax and switch off from technology.

Overall, the camp was a great success as the feedback from the group and staff was positive. By being able to collaborate with the other organisations on activities and campsites, I found that it was beneficial me to understand programs and the local area better. I also enjoyed doing something productive and meaningful in my spare time and it was good to see the interest from the younger students.


Daniel Polkinghorne

Experiential Learning Coordinator

Performing Arts

Wednesday 21 October


Instrumental Music Soiree


Invited instrumental students

Friday 22 October

Valedictory Celebrations


Senior Drum Corps

Jazz on the Terrace

Monday 2 – Friday 6 November

Creative Expression Week



Friday 6 November

Auditions for Matilda the Musical

Nicholls Building

Students in Year 7-11 invited to audition

Wednesday 11 – Thursday 12 November

Year 10 & 11 Drama production


Year 10 & 11 Drama students

Wednesday 18 November

Kurrajong Concert

Adelaide Town Hall

Reception to Year 2 students

Tuesday 24 November

Lessons & Carols Service

St Peter’s Cathedral

Kurrajong Choir

Prep Concert Choir

Grammarphones Choir

Senior Concert Choir

Jazz on the Terrace

Junior Handbell Ensemble

Senior Handbell Ensemble

Thursday 26 November

Pulteney Celebrates

Adelaide Convention Centre

Prep Concert Choir

Grammarphones Choir

Senior Concert Choir

Jazz on the Terrace

Concert Band

Stage Band 1

Mary Poppins cast


Year 12 SACE Stage 2 Solo Performance and Ensemble Performance

Last weekend, we held the last of three summative assessment performances for our Year 12 (SACE Stage 2) musicians and singers. They all performed to a very high standard, and I know their teacher, Ms Annie Kwok, was delighted the way they performed on the day to a live audience, but also their growth through the year. I congratulate the students and Ms Annie Kwok for their tremendous efforts.


As mentioned last week, we are currently running auditions for the Jazz on the Terrace, Senior Concert Choir, Stage Band 1 and 2 and Concert Band ensembles and choirs. Please ask your son or daughter to present to the Nicholls Performing Arts Centre to register for an audition.

We are also planning for the Matilda musical production auditions which start with a “cattle call” on Friday 6 November. If your son or daughter is interested in being part of this huge event, please ask them to join the Matilda 2021 team in Microsoft Teams as soon as possible.

Nicholls Opening ceremony

On Thursday 15 October, we held the opening ceremony for the refurbished Nicholls Performing Arts Centre. With over seventy guests, including the South Australian Education Minister Mr John Gardner MP, Mr Andy Nicholls (Grandson of former Principal Mr Nicholls), Jo Casson (Ding Productions), Kate Watts (Old Scholar), stories were told of the occupancy of Nicholls in bygone years, followed by tours of the new facility. Many seeing the new centre for the first time were not only very impressed with the building, but also of the embedded technology and outstanding floor plan and use of available space.

Special thanks to all who attended and those that put the evening together.

ABODA SA School Band and Orchestra Festival Awards

The annual ABODA SA School Band and Orchestra Festival could not go ahead as usual due to COVID restrictions, but the festival did go ahead as an online event, where schools submitted video recordings. For us the process was a challenge, but in the end all of the ensembles received silver awards except the Senior Handbell Ensemble, who not only won their section with a gold award, but also won overall champion for tuned percussion groups across South Australia. What a wonderful achievement by the Senior Handbell Ensemble.  Special congratulations to the musical director of the group, Ali O’Connell. What a wonderful job was done! I hope the members enjoy this moment of great success before preparing for the significant events to flow for the rest of Term 4.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Head of Performance and Instrumental Music


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


Pulteney Grammar School is a school that values wellbeing. We recognise that the journey of adolescence is one in which young people require support and guidance and that strong partnerships between families and the school are crucial.

As part of our Year 8 Pulteney Wellbeing program, our students will be working with Dr Tessa Opie for three fifty minute workshops with the year level during 22 of October and 5 and 12 of November.

Dr Opie has extensive experience in education delivery and training facilitation. She has worked as an educator across the government, not-for-profit, and private sectors, and has ongoing experience as a guest lecturer at various universities. Tessa has expertise in discussing and exploring sensitive topics with young people in a range of settings, including mainstream schools, alternative education settings, tertiary institutions, juvenile justice facilities, and amateur and professional sporting associations, including the Australian Football League.

Dr Opie has been working with our Middle School and oneninety students for the past four years. She specialises in working with and developing programs that support healthy, positive and affirming relationships and views of sexuality. These programs have been well received by our community and we have worked with Tessa to ensure our Year 8 workshops are aligned with our wellbeing program outcomes during 2020.

The Year 8 workshops will focus on the following topics:

  • The importance of positive and respectful relationships
  • Consent and the law
  • Boundaries and bodily autonomy
  • Being a critical consumer of the media

We value the experience that Dr Opie can bring to support our Year 8 Wellbeing program outcomes. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to discuss any element of our Pulteney Wellbeing program and how we develop our Pulteney Attributes of Wellbeing.


Steven McCulloch                                           Paul Ryan

Head of Student Wellbeing                             Head of Middle School


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Gold Award Ceremony On Thursday the 15th October, his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia and Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award presented Zach Nicholls his G
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award - Gold Award Ceremony

On Thursday 15 October, his Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le, Governor of South Australia and Patron of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award presented Zach Nicholls his Gold Award at the Adelaide Town Hall.

Zach Nicholls (2019) has now completed the award, with attaining his Bronze, Silver and Gold award. Zach completed in Volleyball; Violin; VACSWIM Volunteer, Cub Scout Assistant; Adelaide Hills Bushing Expedition; Scouts Youth Camp Leadership Volunteer.

We congratulated Zach on attaining this fine achievement, and reward for his resilience, hard work and dedication to the Duke of Edinburgh’s International at Pulteney Grammar School.

Simon Sharley

Award Leader

From the Chapel
Imparting Wisdom from our 2020 School Prefects

On Tuesday morning our school community gathered for a whole school assembly which was led by our School Prefects. As this was their final assembly our Prefects thought it would be fitting to pass on some advice and lessons that they have learnt from their 13 years of schooling. 

Zoe Smith
My piece of advice is to live life to the fullest and to always remember that each one of us can make a difference in the world, so take up any opportunity to make that change, both to the world and yourself.

Sophie Penberthy
My advice is to have fun in everything you do, which although cliche will help everyone, whether in ELC or Year 12, to get through very difficult experiences which may seem impossible. 

Tyson Nguyen
I’ve learned that people will forget what you say, people will forget what you do, but people will never forget how you made them feel. 

Thomas Lawrence-Doyle
While academics are important, it is just as valuable if not more valuable that you develop your relationships with others. It is these relationships you build now which will guide you through the duration of your schooling.

Angelique Patsouris
It’s okay to not know what you want to do after year 12. Rather use the opportunity that Pulteney provides to try a variety of subjects, sport, instruments and other co-curricular activities with the goal to find a passion.

In finding this passion you will be one step closer in discovering your career path. 

Declan Beard
Arnold Schwarzenegger once said “Ignore the naysayers and work like hell”. Whilst academics, sport, relationships or life in general can be tough at times, building resilience and working hard is so important to coming back stronger.

Olivia Veronese
Although failure is tough, not getting the grade you want is not the end of the world. Breathe, practice it again, and keep trying for next time. Going through prep and middle school, I would feel awful and disheartened if I got a bad result. Only now, in year 12 as an experienced failer, have I learnt that your results only show what you knew at the time. I’m not saying you should try to get bad grades at all, but if you do, putting in the practice and getting a good result the next time is one of the most satisfying and rewarding things, so work towards that feeling.

Jessie Aldridge
Take time out to look after yourself and participate in things that you actually feel gratified by. Your mental health and contentment in life are two things which you cannot sacrifice as a means to attain what you think you may want at the time. The best goals you can set for yourself are the ones that allow you to work hard and grow, but do so with a smile on your face.

William Rooke
Pick your battles - school is one big balancing act, between friends, academics and co-curricular - and the importance of these will change over time. Don’t spend all of middle school stressing over tests but don’t be afraid to turn down a party invite in year eleven and twelve. The ATAR might be the most tangible thing you take away from school but make the most of your friends too while you still get to see them every day.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our 2020 Student Prefects for the leadership roles that they have undertaken this year, especially in the midst of COVID-19.

Over the coming weeks please keep our Year 12 students in your thoughts and prayers, especially as they say their farewells to our school community, enter into swap back, sit their exams and celebrate the end of their exams and their achievements.

Reverend Tracey