Our School


At Pulteney, we use the age-old house system as a fundamental way to nurture children’s sense of belonging, pride, and camaraderie. There are four houses, Bleby-Howard (navy blue) Cawthorne-Nicholls (green) Kennion-Miller (yellow), and Moore-Sunter (red). All houses are named after former Headmasters and School Chaplains, all of whom left a positive and lasting impact during their time at Pulteney. Throughout the school year, the house spirit comes alive at significant events such as the academic and sports Rungie Cup challenges, and Swimming Carnival. Students are encouraged to wear house colours, participate in team and individual activities, and cheer on their team members.

The four houses at Pulteney Grammar School







Formed 1951

Named after Edward Herbert Bleby

Rector of St Paul’s Adelaide and chaplain to Pulteney 1909-1939

Blelby came to Adelaide in 1891 and was ordained in 1896. He was appointed rector to St Paul’s Adelaide and chaplain to Pulteney Street School. Bleby was chaplain of the school from 1910 to his retirement in 1939 and was a member of the Board of Governors from 1925 to 1941.

He was made Honorary Canon of Adelaide 1910-1930, after which he was made Canon.

A wise and learned pastor, his influence on several generations of boys cannot be fully estimated but was impressive. He died in January 1943 aged 72.

At its inception the house was composed entirely of new boys.
Originally the House colour was royal purple.

Formerly known as Howard House



Formed 1961

Named after William Anderson Cawthorne Headmaster, 7 June 1852 – August 1855

Cawthorne arrived in South Australia in 1841. In 1852 he briefly joined the Victorian goldrush, and on June 7 he was appointed Headmaster of Pulteney Street School.

He undertook repairs to the schoolroom and playground, and offered subjects such as singing and algebra. A small library was made available for the children to use.

In August 1854 he resigned and in 1855 opened his own school, The Victoria Square Academy. A romantic character, he was an artist, musician, author and newspaperman as well as a teacher. He wrote four books and had a serious interest in and knowledge of Aboriginal culture. He died in 1897.

Originally the House colour was grey.

Formerly known as Nicholls House



Formed 1961

Named after Right Reverend George William Kennion Bishop of Adelaide 1882-1894

Kennion was educated at Eton and Oxford, became a priest in 1870, and was an UK Inspector of schools 1871-1873. In 1882 he was chosen as 2nd Bishop of Adelaide.

A moderate high churchman, Kennion’s time in Adelaide was marked by his warm hearted pastoral concern, founding Kennion Hall, a home for boys, and the Diocesan Board of Education.

Kennion donated prizes for swimming to Pulteney Street School as well as a side drum for the Drum and Fife band in mid 1886.

In 1894 he left South Australia to become Bishop of Bath and Wells. After serious illness he resigned in 1919 and died 19 May 1922.

Originally the House colour was pale blue.

Formerly known as Miller House



Formed 1939

Named after William Samuel Moore Headmaster 1861-1884

Moore started with 11 boys but numbers steadily increased. By 1869 there were 260 boys and 39 girls in regular attendance. His wife, Elizabeth was in charge of the girls’ school.

Moore maintained a prosperous school with a reputation for a broad and sound curriculum. In his 23 years as Headmaster he undertook every role in the school, from finances to teaching, administration, repairs caretaker and even cleaning. In April 1884 Moore resigned to become rector of St Mary’s, South Road.

Moore died July 17, 1901. His term is commemorated with a brass tablet which was unveiled at Pulteney Street School on May 11,1902.

Originally the House colour was green.

Formerly known as Sunter House