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SATAC applications

Timely applications for university entry in most States of Australia have now closed. Late applications for most courses can still be made, but will incur a late application fee. The deadline for late applications to SATAC and to pay application fees is 28 November 2022. Please note: in a newsletter distributed by the Careers Counsellor to Year 12 parents there was an error. It indicated that the last day to apply was 1 December, but this is incorrect. The December 1 deadline only applies to some university courses. All Year 12 boys have been sent an email from the Careers Counsellor with the latest newsletter and information about their SATAC application, if they have applied. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2023 and beyond or need any assistance with their applications can arrange to meet with the Careers Counsellor.


Often students require school references for tertiary applications (in particular overseas applications) or residential college applications. The references can usually be categorised as being academic or personal/character type references. The School does have a policy that aims to support students requiring a reference. Any student requiring a reference or seeking a staff member to be a referee should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instance. This process is in place so that the type of reference required can be ascertained and appropriate arrangements made to prepare a suitable reference. References, transcripts of results and academic statements cannot be prepared immediately. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is required to effectively prepare the reference, transcripts and/or academic statements, and students should factor this time requirement into their planning for application submissions


Applications are open now for current Year 11s to fast track their Uni SA business degree by studying university subjects in Year 12. Interested students and their parents are encouraged to join a live webinar on Tuesday 8 November to find out more about UniSA Accelerate. For more information and registrations, please go to Accelerate.

Flinders University:

uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been developed to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that underpin studies at higher education and that are needed for students to be successful at this level. Flinders University will select applicants based on both their Year 12 results (60% weighting toward the ATAR selection rank) and uniTEST results (40%). Flinders will also consider applicants based on their uniTEST results (100%) as a standalone entry score (subject to SACE completion and any course pre-requisites or specific admissions requirements). Students cannot be disadvantaged by participating in uniTEST. Flinders University will only consider their highest selection rank when offering a place. For example, if a student’s ATAR selection rank (inclusive of any adjustment factors) is higher than the combined uniTEST/ATAR selection rank, this will be given priority.

Headstart Scholarship Program and information night

Headstart is a University of Adelaide program that provides high achieving students in Year 12 the opportunity to study at university and have these studies count towards SACE completion and ATAR calculations. While studying at the University part-time, Headstart students also have the opportunity to find out what university life is like before finishing school. For more information on Headstart, please go to Headstart. For current Year 11 students considering this option, it is strongly recommended they attend a Headstart information session on Wednesday 23rd November from 5.30 to 6.30pm Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus. For more details and registrations (registrations are mandatory) go to Headstart session.

Any students intending to apply for Headstart will also need to meet with Dr Roberts-Thomson to discuss their application, review the implications for 2023 school studies and seek his approval.

Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarships

The CAS Hawker Scholarships are one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Australia. Established by Charles Hawker’s sister Lilias Needham, each C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is valued at up to $60,000.00. Applications open on December 5, 2022 and close on Friday 6 January 2023. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The scholarship is open to students undertaking study at the following institutions: Australian National University, Flinders University, University of Adelaide, Roseworthy College, University of SA, University of New England, Marcus Oldham and University of Cambridge. Selection is largely based on personal qualities and demonstrated leadership as well as academic ability. The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships perpetuate the memory of parliamentarian, scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorate the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers. For details, go to Hawker Scholarship or phone 8127 1654.

Traineeship opportunity JP Morgan

The JP Morgan traineeships provide training and real world work experience with an international bank. Located in Sydney, the J.P. Morgan’s two year Traineeship Program provides experiences and training in the financial services industry. This includes working with the custody, fund services, and market operations teams. Trainees graduate with a Cert IV in Business while gaining hands on work experience and build industry connections through exposure to top professionals across different business within the bank. Applications are now open and close on 30 November. For more details and to apply, go to JP Morgan traineeships.

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities have opened and submitted from the beginning of September 2022. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science closed on the 15 October. Other key dates can be found at UCAS key dates. Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. The UCAS application process is outlined at UCAS applications. Students considering tertiary study in the UK will benefit from registering for the UCAS Hub, which will allow students to easily explore tertiary options, commence planning their Personal Statement and provides a ‘to – do’ list.

The School is a registered UCAS Centre. Consequently, the Careers Counsellor will need to guide the applicant for the initial set up of their UCAS application, which includes the issuing of a buzzword to the applicant. This buzzword will allow them to apply and link their applications to the Centre. While the deadline for most UCAS applications is in early January, to guarantee that the all the documentation can be submitted by the School, the UCAS application must be completed by the student by the last day of the school year – Friday 2 December 2022. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to Study UK for this information.

TAFE SA – pathway to Higher Education

TAFE SA is well known for its vocational education and training, but also offers a range of specialised higher education courses. Some of the higher education degrees are offered directly by TAFE SA and some are offered in partnership with universities. TAFE SA is a dual-sector VET/Higher Education provider, thereby offering benefits to higher education students. For more information, go to Higher Education

Australian Apprenticeship Support Network:

The below link will take you to the most recent list of vacancies showing the apprenticeships and traineeships currently have available in the state: MEGT

Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre

Ai Group Apprentice and Trainee Centre is part of a national system with over 35,000 apprentices and trainees in wide and varied trades and employment. We place apprentices and trainees with host organisations across all states and territories, and are a proud partner to more than 200 host organisations including some of Australia’s leading organisations:

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Podcast series – Graduate In The USA

If you’re interested in studying in the USA, then the EducationUSA podcast series may be of interest. It has just launched and you can listen to Graduate In The USA on your favorite podcast app or visit Graduate in the USA. College experiences in the U.S. are immersive, diverse and life changing, and applying to U.S. colleges can be easy when you know the steps. This series aims to help students, parents and school staff with exclusive insights on topics including the admissions process, college sports and the Australian student perspective. Each episode is a conversation with an expert, from admission personnel to a college sport coach, from athletes to a U.S. Ambassador. Get the inside word on how to give it your best shot, and what life will be like in the U.S. when you get there.

Mr Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor