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Combined Tertiary Information Evening at Saints
The Combined South Australian tertiary information evening was held on Tuesday 6 August in the Memorial Hall. With a range of universities and accommodation colleges present, it was a wonderful opportunity for the 450 parents and students in attendance to learn about tertiary application and entry processes, and plan for various course and accommodation options with university staff.

Year 12 Tertiary applications
Applications for university entry in most States of Australia opened on Monday August 5 and close on Monday 30 September. In week 3, all Year 12 boys were allocated a time to attend small group sessions with the Careers Counsellor to introduce them to the processes they will need to follow for those considering tertiary pathways. In addition to the presentations and discussions at this meeting, resources and handouts were provided to the boys to support their applications in South Australia and interstate. These resources and presentations are also available for the boys and parents on Keystone – Learning Resource ID of JQ9ZXS. Any boys wishing to discuss their plans for 2020 and beyond, or need any assistance with their applications can arrange to meet with the Careers Counsellor.

Monash University Information webinar
Monash University is a member of the Group of 8 universities and has wide and comprehensive range of courses, including undergraduate medicine. Monash University is holding an information webinar for prospective students and their parents. It is an opportunity to interact with key members of the University. The Monash Information Evening – Webinar is being held on Wednesday 28 August from 6.30pm – 8pm. Participants need to register at

University of Melbourne
The University has released some information on special programs and arrangements.

Special access for elite athletes and artistic performers:

Melbourne Principals’ scholarship:

Open Days
Open Days at education institutions provide an excellent opportunity for prospective students and parents to learn first-hand about the courses/programs available and to get answers to questions that are particular to the prospective student’s circumstances and aspirations. Most institutions provide a timetable for the events on the Open Day so prospective students can be strategic in planning what to attend and who to see. The following provides some information about the Open Days for various institutions:

Le Cordon Bleu – Adelaide
Le Cordon Bleu is holding an Open Day on Saturday 14 September from 11am. For details and registration, please go to

Studying in the UK
Applications for most UK universities can be commenced now and submitted from the beginning of September 2019. 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 Students wishing to apply for a full-time undergraduate course at university or college must use the UCAS online service called ‘Apply’. Apply is a secure, web-based application system which is available 24 hours a day. The UCAS application process is outlined at

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 – 6 December 2019. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to for this information. There are also numerous resources available to prospective students and their parents on Keystone – learning resource ID of 8WPSZ9.

Bond University – Scholarships
Bond University’s Scholarship Program offers a number of full-fee and part-fee tuition remission scholarships. These scholarships are available to students who show leadership, academic excellence, sporting prowess, community involvement or ‘all round’ abilities. Scholarships available include:

  • Bond University Indigenous Scholarship – up to 100% tuition remission
  • Sporting Scholarships – up to 100% tuition remission
  • Excellence Scholarship – 50% tuition remission
  • Transformer Scholarship – 50% tuition remission
  • Leadership Scholarship – 25% tuition remission

Year 12 students can now make an application to study at Bond University in 2020. Applicants should visit the following link to commence the online application: Applicants just need to upload their term 1 report into the ‘Year 12 Semester 1’ section within the supporting documentation. There is no application fee. For scholarship and application details, please go to – Please note: applicants will need to complete a study application prior to commencing the scholarship application. Applications close 6 September.

Undergraduate Accountancy employment opportunity
The accountancy firm Tilbrook Rasheed is looking to appoint students to trainee accountant positions to commence in 2020 as a part of their Undergraduate Recruitment Program. The program involves working as a trainee accountant (getting experience and being paid) while studying commerce/accounting part time at a South Australian university. Details have been emailed to the Year 12s. Any boys interested in this as a career path, particularly accounting students, should see Mr Colsey for more details. Applications close on 11 September.

International Student Admission Test – ISAT
International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for Medicine and/or Dentistry at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer based test that is held at various times during the year. However, applicants MUST check with each institution to determine their deadline for the ISAT results. The following institutions use the ISAT:

  • Monash University, Melbourne – Medicine
  • Monash University, Malaysian campus – Medicine
  • Flinders University, undergrad pathway to Medicine
  • University of New South Wales (UNSW) – Medicine
  • University of Queensland – Medicine
  • University of Tasmania – Medicine
  • University of Western Australia (UWA) – pathway to Medicine & Dentistry
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS) – Medicine

For more information on the ISAT go to

The University of NSW Co-op scholarship
The Co-op Program is a career development scholarship for high potential undergraduate students. It offers industry training, leadership and professional development, networking opportunities, mentoring and financial support of $19,600 p.a. tax free for four years. Australia’s leading companies take part in the training and professional development of the Co-op scholars with a view to recruiting high-potential young professionals. The scholarship is offered for study in many areas, including engineering, science and business. More details can be found at Applications ( close on 30 September. The application does require applicants to prepare a short video ‘snapshot’ presentation. A School contribution is also required, so any boys intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey in the first instance.

UniTEST – Flinders University
uniTEST is an aptitude test that has been designed by ACER to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills that are needed for students to achieve success in tertiary education. uniTEST assesses this reasoning and thinking across the broad domains of mathematics, science, humanities and social sciences. At Flinders, uniTEST is available for school leavers and has the potential to effectively improve an applicant’s selection rank as the uniTEST result is weighted at 40% and considered alongside the applicant’s ATAR (weighted at 60%) during the selection processes for Flinders Uni courses. For details about the test, go to

Crimson Education
Crimson Education is a fee for service organisation that supports and advises students on overseas tertiary applications. Crimson Education is hosting a “Planning Ahead: Your US & UK Application timeline” evening. This event is for students in Years 9-11 who are considering overseas study or who are already serious about applying. The evening will cover the preparation required for additional exams and essays, the test registration and application process and deadlines, and tips for managing international applications. It is being held on 10 September, commencing at 5.30pm. For more information and bookings, please go to:

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor