Isla Walker

2017 Co-Captain

I began my Pulteney experience in year 8 and although at the time it seemed daunting, I was immediately welcomed into the close community. This sense of camaraderie and constant support from peers and teachers alike, is what gave me the initial confidence I needed to transition into a bustling city environment.
 
After hearing a number of valedictory and other senior student speeches, the core message I was left with, was to be involved as much as possible and make use of the range of opportunities Pulteney offers. These words of advice motivated and inspired me to take up a range of different co-curricular activities, many of which I have continued into my final year. I have been able to explore my passion for music by being a member of the school choir, senior vocal ensemble, concert band, drum corps and participate in many fantastic musicals.
 
I was also fortunate enough to visit our sister school in Nepal and deepen my understanding of global citizenship and environmental conservation as a part of Pulteney’s service learning program, and create many lasting friendships and memories. The great facilities of the school also empowered me to take up rowing, helping develop my personal determination and strength. This experience also allowed me to be a part of the close and supportive rowing community, especially being a member of the girls 1st VIII squad, in which we proudly represented our school.

Along with the incredible range of opportunities and activities, the quality of education as well as commitment and passion from all teachers inspires me to strive to achieve my personal best. Although I haven’t decided what I will pursue in the years to come, I feel confident that I will be equipped with not only academic knowledge, but life skills and attributes that will help me in my future endeavours.