Pulteney Grammar School has always been more than merely a place of education for me. The sense of belonging and the purpose that each and every student feels at Pulteney is a testament to the school, its teachers, and the entire cohort of students.
My time at Pulteney has stretched far beyond the classroom on a Monday to Friday basis. I have been fortunate enough to be heavily involved within the sports programs of the school, as well as music, Venture Club and the Conservation Corps. The lessons I have learnt aside from my ‘lessons’ have made me the person I am today. A greater acknowledgement for society as a whole, as well as a respect for the environment and those around me are just a few of the benefits I have obtained through my co-curriculum involvements. Through my sporting involvements, I have learnt that there are more important things in life than just winning, and some of the connections and friendships and lessons I have made through the camaraderie and sportsmanship involved with Pulteney sport will last a lifetime.
It is fair to say that I would not be who I am today without Pulteney, and the people who make the school as great as it is. My year 7 teacher, Daniel Polkinghorne, for example, has taught me to always be humble, and respect that I may be more fortunate than others. Barrie Bryan, the First XVIII football coach has taught me to value tenacity, and that respect should never be undermined.
I am truly thankful for the opportunities that this school has given me, and I will continue to be astonished by the diversity, and the embrace that the community of Pulteney displays. When I leave Pulteney, I will leave knowing that I have been gifted with a wealth of knowledge, not only in regards to my studies, but the knowledge of how to be a global citizen, how to be empathetic, and how to treat those around me with a great deal of respect.