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Year 12 Tertiary 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. 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. Resources to support tertiary applications can be found on Keystone – Learning Resource ID of JQ9ZXS.

Adelaide Uni Principals’ Scholarships: 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 Monday, 16 November.

St Mark’s College Scholarships
St Mark’s offers around $450,000 per year in scholarships and bursaries to new and returning students. Approximately 50% of students attending St Mark’s receive some sort of financial assistance so that they can experience life within a college community. These include:

  • Cowan Grant – Students from rural Australia in financial need.
  • St Mark’s Entrance Scholarship – Students from all backgrounds/locations in Australia. May take into consideration academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability, and financial situation
  • Old Collegians’ Association Bursary – Students who have a direct family connection with St Mark’s College and may take into consideration academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability, and financial situation.
  • Julian Bickersteth Scholarship – Students who are an Old Collegian of St Peter’s College and may take into consideration academic merit, contribution to the community, musical or sporting ability, and financial situation.
  • Studd Bursary – Students who are from an indigenous background, a third world country, or refugees or asylum seekers

Further information about the St Mark’s scholarships is available at  .

Western Australia GAP Year opportunity
Hale School in WA is seeking GAP students for 2021. Due to the impact covid is having on overseas travel and consequently international GAP year opportunities, students considering GAP placements may wish to consider Australian based positions. Hale is seeking applications from Year 12 graduates by 30 October. For school details, please go to More details are available from the Careers Counsellor.

Headstart Scholarship Program information night 2020
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

For current Year 11 students considering this option, it is strongly recommended they attend a Headstart information session. There is one remaining information session available – Wednesday 11 November from 6 to 7.30pm at the University. For more details and books, please go to Any students intending to apply for Headstart will also need to meet with Dr Roberts-Thomson to discuss their application, review the implications for 2021 school studies and get his approval.

University of SA ‘Health Check’ service
Uni SA is offering Year 12 students an offering a personalised application Health Check. One of their staff can help with structuring preferences, entry options and alternative pathways and provide a basic application review. The staff can also provide options for students who have received a conditional offer from other universities. For details and bookings, please go to

National Careers Institute and School Leaver Information Service
The National Careers Institute has just released a range of information and services designed to assist School Leavers and their influences to understand their education, training and work options. This can be found at. The School Leavers Information kit (available via the link) covers a range of topics to assist School Leavers to navigate post school options, both short and long term.

The School Leavers Information Service has also been launched. This support service delivers more tailored support services via telephone or text. Interested parties can call 1800 CAREER (1800 227 337) or SMS ‘SLIS2020’ to 0429 009 435 for more information. The Your Career website has a range of tools and resources and is available at

Mining scholarships
There have been two new scholarships announced. They are available for talented Year 12 STEM students hoping to study either Mining Engineering or Petroleum Engineering in 2021. The Playford Trust Mining and Petroleum Engineering Scholarships, funded by the resources industry and the South Australian Government, are for students commencing studies in either of these two disciplines in 2021 at Adelaide University. The scholarships are worth $10,000 per annum for both first and second years of study. Applications open shortly, but students considering this option are encouraged to register  at so potential applicants can receive further advice. Applications close 22 January 2021. Additional information on the Playford Trust and its scholarships can also be found on this website

Torrens University – Bright Awards
The Bright Awards is a ‘prize’ competition for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 who are creative and wish to submit their work for consideration. The competition provides an opportunity for the student to have his work recognised by industry professionals. The Bright Awards are designed to highlight emerging talent across Australia, with winners for 2020 receiving a $1,000 prize and $3,000 for their school. For more details, please go to Entries close 16 November 2020.
Course Seeker is a new Australian Government initiative that aims to help students gain Australian tertiary information to assist them to make informed decisions about future study options. The website provides access to information on ATARs, prerequisites and enrolment policies. Information has been sourced from across Australia and presented in a nationally consistent and comparable format to improve the transparency across the higher education sector. Courseseeker can be accessed at: .

MEGT – Apprentice and Trainee vacancies
MEGT is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that supports local employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students in facilitating apprenticeship opportunities. Details can be found at and to explore apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, please visit their Job Board at

The Hotel School scholarships
The Hotel School is offering scholarships to assist with tuition fees for high potential students who show enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to a career in hotel management. Applications are closing soon for Session 1 2021. Our Course Advisors are available to guide students through the application process. For more information, please go to Scholarship applications close 2 December 2020.

Grant Fairy
GrantFairy is an app/website that will search for scholarships and grants that may be available for students considering UK study options. Potential applicants submit information/profile which Grant Fairy uses to identify potential scholarships. The site/app also provides university details and assists with application preparation. Details can be found at or go to the School’s UK applications page in Keystone – Resource ID 8WPSZ9.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor