Absence from School
Please advise the Junior School Office (8216 5544) between 8:15am and 9:15 am if your child is to be absent or late to school. If a student is absent and the school has not been notified, the Prep School Secretary will try and make contact with parents to ensure that all is well. If a student needs to leave the school grounds during the day to attend an appointment, please advise the class teacher with a note in the diary. (It is assumed the student will be accompanied by an adult on any such occasion.) The student must sign out at the Junior School Office before leaving the school grounds.
Accidents, Illness & the Sick Bay
If a student has an accident or falls ill at school, appropriate first aid will be given by staff and where possible, the School Sister. This assistance will include, where necessary, emergency ambulance transport to a hospital. During the school day, students may go to the Sick Bay when feeling unwell. If a student continues to feel unwell then parents may be notified to come and collect their child.
Co-curricular - Electives
The Co-curricular electives programme exists to complement the academic undertakings of students.
Some of the activities provided in the Prep School include:
- Debating: SA Competition - Years 5 and 6
- JSHAA Junior Orator of the Year - Years 5 and 6
- Musical productions
- Prep Band
- Percussion Ensemble
- Author's Club
- Prep Strings
- Instrumental Music Lessons
Prep students also have the opportunity to enter outside academic activities such as:
- University of NSW Maths Educational Assessments
- Maths Y3 - 6
- English Y3 - 6
- Science Y5 - 6
- Dorothea McKellar Poetry Competition
- Oliphant Science Competition
- Water Watch Y5
- SA Writer’s Centre Young Authors’ night
- Max Fatchen Poetry Competition
Out of Hours School Care
Before School Care
Before School Care is available between 7:45 am and 8:20 am each school day.
After School Care
After School Care is available each afternoon between 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm. If children are not collected from school by 3:45 pm they will be taken to the After School Centre and a fee will be charged.
Vacation Care operates Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm during the school holiday period.
Please go to the About Pulteney page of this website and click on the 'Out of Hours Care' link to download application forms for out of hours school care.
In Weeks five and ten, on Friday mornings at 8:40 the whole school community gathers in the quad for an assembly. Parents are welcome to attend.
Assessment & Reporting
Assessment and reporting is an integral part of our teaching programme.
Regular feedback is given to students and parents both formally and informally, and reporting to parents on student achievement and progress occurs in the following ways:
Parent/Teacher interviews: Terms 1 and 3
Written School reports: Terms 2 and 4
Informal communication between parents and teachers via the diary, phone or email contact – as required.
NAPLAN - National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy
It is a Federal Government requirement for students in Years 3 and 5 to complete standardised testing. A National Assessment program in Literacy and Numeracy was introduced in 2008. These tests are completed in Term 2 and the report is distributed to parents during Term 3.
Bike Riding to School
Parents are asked to write to the Director of Prep before their child commences riding a bicycle to school.
Booklists & Stationery
Booklists are distributed in Term 4 for the following year. Orders are completed online via campion books. All orders are delivered to your home.
A book containing Prep Schools families’ names, addresses and phone numbers is available on line. This facilitates communication between parents and students for sporting and social contacts. It is not compulsory for families to be included in the Buzz Book.
Prep School Chapel is held every Friday morning at 8:40 am. The half hour service is conducted by our Chaplain, Father Andrew Mintern, and a different class each week helps with the service. Parents are welcome to attend these services.
The Chaplain, Father Andrew Mintern, is an experienced counsellor and is available to support students and parents when required.
Students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all have a homework diary. This replaces the communications book used in Kurrajong. Parents are asked to sign their child’s diary each night after they have completed their homework.
The diary is used as an organisational tool for students to record their homework and school activities in and can be used as a regular and direct communication link between parents and teachers.
As a city school there are many opportunities for students to access a wide range of resources in the city. Parents will be notified of excursion details throughout the year.
Homework allows for students to practice, extend and consolidate work covered in the classroom and provides training for students in planning and organising their time. It establishes habits of study, concentration and self-discipline.
All homework is written in the diary and signed off at home when completed.
Year 3 - 20 to 30 minutes reading per night/4 nights per week.
Year 4 - 30 to 40 minutes per night/4 nights per week
Year 5 - 40 minutes per night/4 nights per week.
Year 6 - 3½ hrs per week spread over a minimum of 3 nights.
Each child in Years 3 to 6 will be allocated to a House.
If a relative of a boy or girl was previously in a School House team then that child will be placed into the same House.
The four Houses and their colours are:
- Bleby-Howard - Blue
- Kennion-Miller - Yellow
- Cawthorne-Nicholls - Green
- Moore-Sunter - Red
Information Communication Technology
Information Communication Technology is the processes, applications and equipment by which we access, create, organise, analyse, present and communicate information. Information Communication Technology is embedded across the curriculum in the Prep School and is seen as a powerful tool to improve and enhance learning for our students.
Prep School Students have access to a pod of computers in the classroom and in the Resource Centre. They also have access to the Junior School Laboratory, which has 26 computers. A sequential skills development programme using appropriate software is taught using the computers in the laboratory and in the classrooms. Students have their own folder and are able to save their work onto the school server. They are also able to email their work home and access it via webmail. The use of a USB drive is also encouraged.
Instrumental Music Tuition
A wide range of individual musical tuition is available at the school. Visiting teachers provide individual lessons on flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, trumpet, trombone, French horn, tuba, strings, piano, organ, guitar (electric, acoustic and base), percussion and voice.
Students are withdrawn from normal classes once a week. Please contact the Music Department for further information.
At the beginning of each year a Student Representative Council (SRC) is elected. Two students per class are selected by his/her class peers to represent them at the Prep School SRC meetings for a Semester.
Throughout the year staff members nominate individual students in Years 3-6 for the Values and Ethics Leadership programme. Students participating in this Leadership group are recognised for the manner in which they show, by their words and actions, active citizenship with the school.
All Year 6 students are also given an opportunity to take on a leadership role for a Semester. Our aim is to inspire, motivate and empower all of our Year 6 students to a make positive contribution as Leaders of the Prep School and within the community. All Year 6 students are encouraged to become involved in Community Service, House Leadership or the Student Representative Council.
Parents are asked to clearly label each individual item of their child’s clothing. Named items are returned to their owner and any unnamed items are stored in the lost property box.
A School Magazine is published each year and distributed at the beginning of the following year.
Mary Magdalene Centre
We have a close relationship with the Magdalene Centre and support their work. Each Friday students are asked to bring non-perishable goods to Chapel to help the centre. Food collected is used in the Carrington Street site and given to people who are in need of extra support.
Newsletter - The PRW (Pulteney Review Weekly)
A weekly newsletter will be emailed to you every Thursday. This is an important source of information about activities happening not only in the Prep School but across the school. The Newsletter is also available on the school web page.
Each term the school publishes a magazine highlighting recent events in the school and also outlines Old Scholars activities. This is sent to all families and the wider Pulteney Community.
Outdoor Education Programme
Pulteney Grammar School has a sequential Outdoor Education program that runs from Years 3 to 10. The Prep School Outdoor education program provides a gradual and varied camping experience through each year level.
Parent participation is a very important and large part of our school. Student’s potential is best achieved when parents, students and teachers work together as a team. We encourage parents to contribute and share in their child’s education.
Outlined below are some of the ways parents might become involved in the School:
- Friends of Pulteney
- Tuck Shop
- Learning Assistance Program (LAP)
- Junior School Resource Centre
- Class Representative
Becoming a class representative is a way parents can become involved in the life of their child’s class. The Class Representative’s role includes welcoming new parents to the school, assisting with organising social events such as class dinners and picnics and attending a Parents and Friends meeting each term.
If you are interested in being involved in any of the above-mentioned activities contact the Junior School Office on 8216 5544 for more information.
Parents/caregiver’s who wish to volunteer their time in assisting on excursions or as a LAP volunteer, will need to complete a police check and volunteer form. Forms are available from Mrs Michelle Reynolds, the Prep School secretary. Police checks last for 3 years, so if you already have police clearance please provide a copy of the relevant documents to the Prep School secretary.
Parent - Teacher Communication
Good communication between parents and teachers is vital for the successful education of each student. Parents and teachers can communicate through their child’s diary, or by telephone or email their class teacher. In weeks 1, 4 and 7 a publication called What’s Happening is sent home by class teachers. This publication informs parents of upcoming events and keeps you up to date with what is happening in your child’s school life.
Staff are happy to touch base with parents before and after school. However, if the concern is of a confidential matter then making an appointment to see the class teacher is preferable as this will ensure there are no interruptions to classroom teaching.
The school day starts at 8:40 am and concludes at 3:30 pm. A teacher is on duty from 8:15 am in the Prep School yard. Classrooms open at 8:15 am and students are encouraged to use this time before school starts to organise themselves for the day.
8:40 School commences – absentees noted
10:40 Recess eating time
10:45 Recess time
11:10 Lessons resume
12:40 Lunch eating time
12:50 Lunch time
1:40 Lessons resume
3:30 Students dismissed from classrooms
These are available in full in the About Pulteney section of this website.
Student Management Policy
Pulteney’s Student Management Plan teaches students to behave in ways which increase academic success and which strengthen students’ relationships with their teachers and peers. Modern school classrooms should be calm, safe, pleasant and purposeful; students flourish in the presence of teachers who set clear and consistent limits to student behaviour and who provide positive directional focus, encouragement and recognition of behaviours which support student learning.
Pulteney’s program of student management has been implemented to ensure the highest possible standards of:
- student learning;
- behaviour towards others;
- student self-esteem;
- student appearance;
- and general school tone.
Our program is based on six guiding principles.
- The purpose of discipline is not to control but to educate;
- Positive, clear and consistent expectations are the keys to successful classrooms that maximise student learning and relationships with teachers and peers;
- Teacher behaviour is an important determinant of student behaviour;
- Recognition and appropriate reward of positive behaviour is a powerful motivator of students;
- Students respond well to structures that clearly define the limits of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour;
- Rewards and consequences are based on student choice; students, given these choices, learn that they can be in control of what happens to them.
The complete Student Management Policy is available on this website.
Students wear their Akubra or straw hats to and from school as part of their school uniform. Students require a play hat for recess and lunch time activities.
Students are able to order their recess and/or lunch from the Tuck Shop. Tuck Shop orders are placed via our online system.
As the Tuck Shop opens every day at 8:00am students are also able to purchase breakfast before school.
Tuck Shop price lists are available on the online system.
Students are required to correctly wear the school uniform to school every day.
For specific information on uniform, please go to the Uniform Shop on this website.
Students are able to wear a wrist watch and plain gold or silver stud or sleeper type earrings in each ear lobe.
Students’ hair should be neat and clean, conventionally styled and natural in colour.
Students with long hair, beyond their collar, need to tie it back with a Pulteney scrunchie, hair bow or navy, black or brown hair tie.
During Terms 2 and 3 the blazer needs to be worn with full school uniform to and from school every day and for all Chapels and Assemblies.
During Term 1 and 4 the blazer is considered an optional item.
The Sports Uniform can be worn to school when students have a Physical Education lesson that day.