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Year 12 Tertiary applications

Applications for university entry in most States of Australia opened on Monday August 2 and close on 30 September. All Year 12 boys have been provided with resources to support their applications and are also available on Keystone – Learning Resource ID of JQ9ZXS.

Interstate applications: most applications to Tertiary Admission Centres (TAC) interstate have similar processes, arrangements and deadlines to the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre. The Year 12 boys have been provided with some information on these applications because there are some differences, including applying for scholarships and for special entry arrangements. For any domestic students applying to VTAC, it is strongly recommended they also register for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) in category 1, as this aspect covers an applicant’s living or school location, and this may apply to SA students that have to move to Victoria for study.

Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2021 and beyond or need any assistance with their applications can arrange to meet with the Careers Counsellor.

SATAC has released a ‘How to apply video’ and this can be accessed at Applications to SATAC.

Uni SA Guaranteed Entry

The University is now offering two forms of guaranteed entry. One is by the applicant achieving a pre-determined selection rank (ATAR), an arrangement that has been in place for several years. For 2022 entry, the University will be offering guaranteed entry into courses based on the results of the best three Stage 2 SACE (and IB equivalent) subjects. No additional application requirements are necessary for students to gain entry by this arrangement, it is managed as a part of the normal SATAC application process. To be considered for this arrangement, applicants must list a Uni SA course as their first preference. For more details, including access to a guaranteed calculator, please go to Uni SA guaranteed.

Flinders University Year 11 Grades Pathway

Flinders University has resumed the Year 11 Grades Admission Pathway for 2022 entry which will enable students to apply for an eligible Flinders course based on their Year 11 grades. This pathway will allow current Year 12 students (including international students) to gain entry to Flinders based on their Year 11 grades and gain an early conditional offer to start their studies. Students will need to successfully complete the SACE or equivalent to confirm the offer. Please note: A minimum ATAR of 70 will be required for all Education/Teaching courses. To participate in the pathway, students must register with Flinders University at Yr 11 grades pathway and have listed an eligible Flinders University as their 1st preference in their SATAC application by 30 September. The Year 11 Grades Pathway brochure lists the courses available and the Year 11 grades required for entry. The best 50 credits at Stage 1 are considered for this pathway.

Education USA events

Education USA is State Department supported organisation which supports students (and their families) who may be considering studying in the USA for academic or sport based reasons. Education USA will be running some more activities to support students and families who may be considering these options. Participating in these sessions is NOT committing attendees to studying in the USA, but rather to provide the opportunity to gain the information and support to assist with the decision making on the options available in the USA. There are two events being held during the holidays. Information on the National Junior College Athletic Association and sporting opportunities through this association is being held on Tuesday 28 September. For details and registration, please go to NJCAA sport. On Wednesday 29 September, information on the sporting opportunities through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For details and registration, please go to NAIA sport.

M D & R D Elliott MBE Scholarship: is a scholarship available for a current Saints Year 12 student who has accepted a place in the medical faculty of an Australian university for 2021. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office and are also posted on Keystone with a learning resource ID of JQ9ZXS. Applications must be submitted to the Senior School Office by Friday, 29 October.

Leonard William Bakewell Law Scholarship: is a scholarship available for a current Year 12 Saints student, who has accepted a place, whether immediate or reserved, in the law faculty of an Australian university for 2021. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office and are also posted on Keystone with a learning resource ID of JQ9ZXS. Applications must be submitted to the Senior School Office by Friday, 29 October.

Adelaide Uni Principals’ Scholarship

This scholarship is valued at $5000 for one year, the scholarship will be awarded to one current Year 12 student at the School and will be based on the recommendation of the Headmaster. The Headmaster is able to nominate up to 2 students from Saints for the scholarship and the University will then decide on the successful recipient. The application forms, which includes the selection criteria, are available from the Senior School Office. Applications must be submitted to the Senior School Office by Friday, 29 October.

 Aerospace Engineering Scholarships
The University of Adelaide, together with The Playford Trust and the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, are offering six $5000 scholarships to high achieving school leavers looking to pursue an engineering degree, majoring in aerospace in 2022. Applications close Friday December 17. For more details, go to Aerospace scholarships.


Ingenuity is a free event that provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the outcomes of studying architecture, engineering, computer and mathematical sciences at university. This year Ingenuity will be showcasing over 300 innovative university student projects at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the 26th October. To remain COVID-Safe, each session will be ticketed with maximum capacities. Use the links below to learn more about the different sessions. Attendance can be in person or online. For details and registration, please go to Ingenuity 2021.

 St Mark’s College

St Mark’s is a residential college located on Pennington Terrace in North Adelaide. The College is keen to take prospective residents for a tour, and this includes day students as well as boarders. There are a couple of scholarships available at St Mark’s College for graduating St Peter’s College students. For details about the College, please go to St Mark’s College or phone 8334 5600.

St Ann’s College

St Ann’s is a residential college located on Brougham Place in North Adelaide. The College is willing to host any prospective students/families for a tour of the College. For details about the College, please go to St Ann’s College or phone 8267 1478.

International House

International House is a residential college associated with the University of Melbourne, RMIT University and the Australian Catholic University. There are a number of scholarships available, and a listing can be found at scholarships. For more information, contact Ms Thu Nguyen or Ms Tamra Keating or go to International House.

Studyin the UK webinars

For any student even just contemplating further study in the UK at some stage, this is a wonderful opportunity. Two very prominent and highly regarded institutions in the UK, The University of St Andrews (Scotland) and Imperial College London (England) have combined to conduct a one hour webinar on studying in the UK. There are opportunities to ask questions about the universities, courses and selection processes and engage with current students. If a student even has just a passing interest in studying in the UK, this maybe a worthwhile hour of time in helping them learn more about UK study. There are two webinar opportunities remaining. They are being held on 14 and 21 October, commencing at 12 pm UK time (9.30pm SA time) and 21 October, commencing at 8am UK time (5.30pm). More details, including registration details, can be found at 14 October and 21 October.

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2021. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close 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 3 December 2021. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to Study UK for this information. There are also numerous resources available to prospective students and their parents on Keystone – learning resource ID of 8WPSZ9.

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

University of Tasmania – Schools Recommendation Program

Applications for the Schools Recommendation Program are now open. Applications via this pathway gives students early offers for the 2022 courses. Applications will be open until 31 October. For more details and to apply, please go to Schools recommendation.

Lincoln University – Christchurch NZ

The University offers a wide range of courses including agribusiness, landscape architecture, viticulture, oenology and tourism. Australian students studying at Lincoln pay the same low domestic fees as the New Zealand students do. For more information, go to Lincoln University.

Space School – Year 10 students

The SA Space School Year 10 camp is planned for the 2021 October School holidays.  This low cost 4 day residential camp includes students being involved in microgravity and astronomy investigations, build & launch rockets at Hamilton Secondary College Space School, undertake a full day ‘Mission to Mars’ at the Hamilton Space Science Centre, tour the new Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen as well as visit many other Space research and industry groups. Go to Space School Applications for more details and applications.

SA School Space Camp

Running for the first time in January 2022 and open to all 14 to 18 years old’s, the SA School Space Camp will be based at St Peter’s College, Adelaide with a NASA astronaut and a host of world renowned scientists. The camp has an overall mission of working in a team under the guidance of NASA astronauts and top scientists to design an experiment destined for the International Space Station (ISS), at the end of the week camp judges will pick the best experimental idea which will be built by King’s College London, launched to the ISS, and carried out in space by the astronauts aboard the station. For details and applications, go to Mission Discovery Adelaide.


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 to support students requiring a reference or a school-based referee. Any student requiring a reference or seeking a staff member to be a referee should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instance. This is so 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 any planning for applications.

CDW Studios 3D Modelling Workshop

CDW studios is holding a holiday workshop on 2 & 3 October. The workshop is available in-person and online, and will provide an introduction to 3D modelling. It will be perfect for beginners who are new to 3D software and will provide an overview of the industry, an introduction to essential skills and techniques used in 3D sculpting and modelling, and provide a live demonstrations using a range of 3D software. For more information, please go to 3D modelling.


Game changer is a fee for service oganisation that supports young people looking to secure sporting scholarships in the USA. For more information, go to game-changer.


A fee for service organisation is holding a free webinar on the UCAT, medicine/dentistry interviews, applications and pathways into medicine and dentistry on 11 October from 6.30 to 8.30pm. For information and bookings, please go to UCAT information.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor