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Pulteney Review Weekly. Term 4, Week 6 2020


From the Principal

Yesterday, the Premier provided an update on the recent outbreak of confirmed coronavirus cases as part of what has been termed the Parafield Cluster. Information regarding places deemed at risk can be found HERE.

Whilst stressing that schools remain open, the Premier announced a set of directives and advice whilst contact tracing and testing continues. Further advice is expected in the coming 24 to 48 hours. At present, the focus of the restrictions is on the potential to gather rather than the need to move. The School will be adopting all directives as they apply and following the intention of restricting gatherings where it able to exercise an abundance of caution.

In accordance with the advice and directives provided, the School has made the following immediate decisions:

 

-          Cease all sport and co-curricular activities effective from midnight tonight

-          Close the Pulteney Fit morning gym service

-          Postpone the Traffic Management Information evening scheduled for 16 November

-          Postpone the Kurrajong Information Session scheduled for 16 November

-          Postpone all excursions scheduled the following fortnight 16 – 27 November pending further advice

-          Cancel Year 3 Camp scheduled for 19 - 20 November

-          Close the Quad Café for the following fortnight

-          Year 12 Parents and Friends Farewell Parent Dinner, at this point in time, will also have to be postponed pending further advice and directive.

-          Year 10 and 11 examinations which are due to commence this Thursday, at this point in time, will continue as planned pending further advice or directive by SA Health and the Premier. 

It is with great disappointment that I must also confirm The Adelaide Town Hall have advised that they have closed for functions, effective immediately, and therefore the Kurrajong Christmas Concert scheduled for 18 November will be postponed while alternative arrangements are made. Similarly, the Cathedral have also confirmed that the Carols service scheduled for Tuesday 24 November will be unable to proceed as planned and the School will seek to hold a revised event on site if possible later in the term.

At the time of writing the School has been unable to confirm arrangements with the Convention Centre regarding Pulteney Celebrates. Should need require, an alternative event has been planned and information regarding this will be provided once further advice is available.

Consistent with the focus on reducing gatherings, could I please request that parents and caregivers continue to minimise their time on the school grounds following drop off and collection. I also understand that a number of class end of year functions have been scheduled and would ask that strict attention be paid to revised directives regarding gatherings that limit occupancies at restaurants and cafes, and visitors to the home to 10 people.

I will be writing to the School community regularly and for the foreseeable future as further information is provided.

Cameron Bacholer

Principal

 

What You Need To Know This Week

In accordance with the advice and directives provided, the School has made the following immediate decisions: 

  • Cease all sport and co-curricular activities effective from midnight tonight
  • Close the Pulteney Fit morning gym service
  • Postpone the Traffic Management Information evening scheduled for 16 Nov
  • Postpone the Kurrajong Information Session scheduled for 16 Nov
  • Postpone all excursions scheduled the following fortnight 16 Nov – 27 Nov pending further advice
  • Cancel Year 3 Camp scheduled for 19-20 Nov
  • Close the Quad Café for the following fortnight
  • Year 12 Parents and Friends Farewell Parent Dinner, at this point in time, will also have to be postponed pending further advice and directive.
  • Year 10 and 11 examinations which are due to commence this Thursday, at this point in time, will continue as planned pending further advice or directive by SA Health and the Premier. 

It is with great disappointment that I must also confirm The Adelaide Town Hall have advised that they have closed for functions effective immediately and therefore the Kurrajong Christmas Concert scheduled for 18 Nov will be postponed while alternative arrangements are made. Similarly, the Cathedral have also confirmed that the Carols service scheduled for Tuesday 24 Nov will be unable to proceed as planned and the School will seek to hold a revised event on site if possible later in the term.

At the time of writing the School has been unable to confirm arrangements with the Convention Centre regarding Pulteney Celebrates. Should need require, an alternative event has been planned and information regarding this and will be provided once further advice is available.

 

Year 9 Continuer Chinese students 2021 text book

- not available through Campion and needs to be purchased by clicking here

Middle School
PE Day/ Transition Day

Last Friday the Middle School hosted all the new students as well as our Year 6 students who will be joining the Middle School in 2021 for Transition day.  The day purposely coincides with PE Day, a casual clothes day, with multiple activities having been set up in the Quad for students to enjoy.

The day began with our new students, most ably led by the magnificent House Prefects, spending the morning using their Middle School Passports to find and chat to key people within the School.

After morning tea they were buddied up in groups to participate in a range of fun mini-lessons held in areas of the school that they will be utilising next year.

At lunch there was a range of activities for students to participate in such as the climbing wall, table tennis, volleyball and multiple other activities.  The activities make it easy for the new and old to get to know each other. The atmosphere at lunchtime was magnificent with the Quad being packed with students of all ages all being engaged with and enjoying the multiple activities.

After lunch the new students and Year 6s participated in the Amazing Race, and race they did! The groups managed to get to each of the stations in record time and quite possibly they now know more about the school than I do!

It was a great day! Our students were magnificent in engaging with the new students assuring that everyone was included and looked after.

Paul Ryan

Head of Middle School

 

Prep School
Mindlab Olympics 2020

 Two Pulteney Prep School teams competed in the 2020 Mindlab Olympics held at St Andrew’s School on Monday, 9 November.  Both teams played wonderfully, displaying skill and manners, both of which are requirements of the game. 

Congratulations to all the students listed below and, in particular, to the Pulteney Navy team who took out third place in the competition. Congratulations also to Luke Hughes who came equal second in the game of ‘Quoridor’ and Angus Perry who took out equal second place in the game of ‘Octi’. 

Pulteney Navy:

Harry Marks
Angus Perry
Alisha Yu
Matthew Liu

Pulteney White:

Wen Hui Teoh
Luke Hughes
Maicher Ren
Leon Boffo

The Mindlab program complements the focus within the Prep School on problem solving, critical and creative thinking and respect for all.

Year 5 Camp  

The Year 5 students had great weather for the first day of their three-day outdoor learning experience to Victor Harbor from Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November. The children participated in a nature walk across Granite Island before then attending surf school at Middleton.

The weather was a little colder for the following two days but that did not stop the children from having fun canoeing, building shelters, participating in team games and competing in a mini Olympics.

The three day program built on the outdoor living skills introduced in previous camping programs and assisted in helping the children to strengthen friendships, and further develop their independence and self-confidence.

Students and staff were all a little weary as they got off the bus on Friday, but it was clear they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you to Gen Corbo, Rachel Muncaster, Olivia Swann and Matthew King for all their work in organising and running the camp.

 

Denise O’Loughlin

Head of Prep

Sport Leaders and Photo Orders

The Sports Department are delighted to inform you that the following students have been appointed to a leadership position in our sports program for 2021.

Sports Captains

Ellie Georgaris, Emilia Dolphin, Will Evans, Sam Milewski

Captains of Sport (Summer)

Rowing: William Darker, Lili Keene, Cooper Hillen

Softball: Ruby de Broughe

Volleyball: Jaime Kelly, Bethany Burgess, Christos Michaels

Basketball (Girls) Jeanne Lombard

Tennis: Anya Ecimovic, Simone Chiera, Brendan Loh (Dev.)

Athletics: Sienna Brownrigg

Swimming: Zane Phua, John Napier

Cricket: Sam Strawbridge, Patrick Winter, Sophie Rundle

Middle School Captains of Sport (Summer)

Cricket: Max Boucher, Andrew Sallis

Softball:  TBC

Volleyball: Emerson McClurg, Charlotte Sarson

Basketball (Girls): TBC

Tennis: Zara Chiera

Athletics: Lucy Allen

Swimming: Samara Zhang; Madeleine Harbord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer and Winter Sports photos – Order details

Photographs of middle and senior school summer and winter sporting teams are now available to be ordered from Focus School Portraits.  Please visit their website https://www.focusschoolportraits.com/, select ‘School Portraits’ and use the Shoot Key No P9ESFL4E to view images.  Photos can only be ordered online.

Junior Art Show
Junior Art Show

 

Straight after School on Tuesday 1 December

Kurrajong
Transitions and Change

Over 2500 years ago, Greek Philosopher Heraclitus is reported to have said “There is nothing permanent except change”. Change can be difficult at times but so necessary for growth and development. As we near the time of students experiencing orientation and change of classes for the year ahead, we acknowledge that it is normal to be apprehensive about what change will bring. Guiding your child with a positive approach to change is important to support any apprehension or uncertainty they may be experiencing. This week class placement letters will be sent out and children will be excited to know who their teacher will be and the classmates that will move with them in their class for 2021. Please trust that the placement of your child has been carefully planned with a range of criteria considered and based on professional judgements about each student’s educational, social and emotional needs. During the year Class Teachers implement opportunities for socialisation to allow the children to get to know all students in the year level, which helps prepare them for the year ahead. Behavioural consultant Madhavi Nawana Parker has written notes on her advice for parents concerned about the class placement process. If you would like a copy of Madhavi’s tips for parents, please notify your child’s class teacher. 

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, Manager of the Early Learning Centre Dareska Brus shares a book titled ‘Little Full Stop’ written by her sister, Mischa Brus.

http://vimeo.com/478698392/cbfc786a6b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kurrajong Concert

As communicated by our Principal Cameron Bachelor, our Kurrajong Christmas Concert has been postponed. The staff and children are hopeful that we will have an opportunity to share their outstanding songs and actions. The Family Tree theme is a special one and we are looking forward to showcasing it. We have been so proud of the maturity the children displayed to prepare for the event. More information will be provided in due course.

Reception Orientation Friday 20 November

Further to our recent invitation regarding the Reception 2021 Orientation morning being held on 20 November, due to the COVID outbreak, we wish to advise that we will not be holding a morning tea for parents. Students may still be able to attend from 9.45-11.00am to meet their teacher and peers for the year ahead. If families would prefer not to attend this Friday, an opportunity to visit the current Reception class at a later date may be arranged.

Kurrajong Playgroup

We continue to remain responsive as the situation surrounding COVID-19 develops. The health and wellbeing of the community we serve remains our primary focus during this period of uncertainty. For this reason, we have decided to cancel our Playgroup Friday sessions for the remainder of Term 4, and we look forward to beginning again when possible in 2021.

Natalie Natsias

Head of Kurrajong

Performing Arts
Adelaide Christmas Pageant - Senior Drum Corps and Oscar Bridges

This year’s Christmas Pageant was very different to every other year in the events history, but it was simply spectacular! I am so proud of the Senior Drum Corp and Oscar Bridges (yr 9) for their efforts in working through the challenges of rehearsals, a constantly moving target and the complicated logistics. Thanks also to Ali O’Connell for all her assistance. It was a huge effort.

Oscar simply performed at a professional level and it was fantastic to see him enjoy his opportunity on stage. Congratulations to all the other Pulteney students who were part of this magical event

Remembrance Day Service

Congratulations to the Concert Band, Grammarphones, Concert Choir and the Senior Drum Corps for their participation in the special service. It is always a moving ceremony as we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us to enjoy the freedom we enjoy every day. A special thanks to Henry Bradley for playing the Last Post. For those musicians who get the opportunity to play the Last Post, it is a special responsibility that Henry managed so well. Congratulations Henry.  

Instrumental Music Lessons in 2021

For resourcing and staffing purposes, we request that you advise the Performing Arts department of your intentions for instrumental music lessons in 2021. Please email Ali O’Connell on ali.oconnell@pulteney.sa.edu.au by Friday 27 November if your child wishes to discontinue their current instrument.

If you wish for your child to continue their instrumental tuition, or take up a new instrument in Term 1, you will need to re-enrol using the online application form by Friday 26 November.

If your child currently hires an instrument from the Performing Arts department but is discontinuing at the end of this term, you will need to return the instrument to the Performing Arts department by Friday Week 8 to avoid being charged an additional term. Students continuing in 2021 may keep their instrument for practice during the summer holidays.

If you have any queries regarding the Instrumental Music Program, please contact Ali O’Connell, Performing Arts Administrator on 8216 5526.

Jonathon Rice

Learning Area Leader Performing Arts

Head of Performance and Instrumental Music

Outdoor Education

On 5 and 6 November the Stage 1 Outdoor Education class participated in an overnight, skills focused program. The goals included developing rock climbing, sailing and peer facilitation skills. The students rock climbed in a unique location at The Bluff in Victor Harbor before camping at Waitpinga bush camp. The meals prepared that night were graded and the students produced some delicious dishes including basil pesto pasta, spicy chorizo pizza and gnocchi napolitana.

On Friday the group travelled to Goolwa and learnt the basics of sailing. The conditions were ideal for beginner sailing and the students soon learnt to rig, leave and return to shore safely and tack. The Pacer boats were great for the students to practice their skills in and Goolwa Aquatic Club were most supportive of the program. The goals of the program were superseded through the application and enthusiasm of the students, the ideal conditions and the instructing of the staff. The program is the ultimate experience for students in 2020, and provided an excellent base for the students enrolled in Stage 2 Outdoor Education in 2021.

Pulteney Winemakers

Following two years of excessive dedication and intensive loving care, the Year 11 and 12 Winemakers are incredibly pleased to share the final arrival of Pulteney’s 2019-2020 Shiraz wine.

With the commencement of this journey taking place in early March 2019, we were fortunate enough to be provided with the opportunity to pick grapes grown in the beautiful McLaren Vale Vineyard, generously donated by former Pulteney parent, Steve Tunstill. We extend our gratitude to Steve for all his effort and time in assisting us and allowing for a great start of our project.

We carefully processed the grapes in our destemming machine we affectionately nicknamed “the crusher” into a solid pulp. We let the wine ferment for three weeks which allowed the yeast to not only convert the grape sugars into alcohol but also to develop the aroma, flavour and colour. From there we pressed out juice in a wine press, in a process where pressure is applied in rotational movements forming a liquid juice underneath, which we filtered and left to age for over 18 months.

Broken demijohns towards the end of 2019 became an iconic moment of the winemaking journey. This catastrophe was caused by the rise and fall of temperature of the sealed wine, and a corresponding spontaneous heatwave. Unfortunately, this resulted in the loss of 40 litres of wine and subsequently, over half the amount of our initial predicted bottles. Despite the disappointing nature of this loss, we were fortunate to find that this did not hinder the future work that was put in to deliver a premium final product.

The bottle label design, developed by Helen Wan and Olivia Veronese, marked the acknowledgement of Pulteney Grammar as a co-ed school. Helen’s concept of the golden wreath composed of 20 body leaves and the 21st leaf at the top is symbolic of Pulteney celebrating 20 years of co-education in 2019, following with its 21st year in 2020. Olivia’s efforts contributed towards the visual aesthetics of the back label and the blurb. The label was one which acknowledged the commitment and dedication of our members to the group.

Pulteney Winemakers members:

Isaac Attanasio
James Burgess
Samuel De Jong
Zachary Haarsma
Max Hammerstein
Daniel Hassan
Thomas Hillock
Kataryna Kadis
Thomas Lewis
Grace Neuhaus
Alexander Nikoloff
Jeremy Ninio
Jack O’Connor
Jake Price
William Rooke
Aidan Rowett
Christian Veronese
Olivia Veronese
Helen Wan

Overall, having experienced an unprecedented time of a worldwide pandemic in 2020, and the loss of over half our wine, the Pulteney winemakers 2020 has reached its closure with great success producing a full-bodied robust shiraz. Marking the contributions of every single member, these bottles are a worthy tribute to not only the team and Pulteney Grammar, but also our winemaking mentor Ms Karen Bruce. The Pulteney 2019-2020 Shiraz will be honoured to join the hallowed halls of past and future Pulteney Winemakers!

Helen Wan, Tom Hillock, and Sam De Jong

Members of Pulteney Winemakers 2019-2020

2021 Book Lists Now Available
2021 Book Lists Now Available

New books and stationery for 2021 are now available online.

To order books through Campion online, please use the link below

https://order.campion.com.au/#resourceListListView?code=8D1E3724

This will take you directly to the Pulteney Grammar page, choose your child’s year level and follow the prompts.

The resource list code is A6SH.

Book orders are due by 4 December 2020 and will be delivered to your home after the 15 January 2021.