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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 recommendations of the Headmaster. The Headmaster is able to nominate up to 2 students from St Peter’s College 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.

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. There is one remaining information session available this year – Wednesday 24th November from 6 to 7.00pm Braggs Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus. For more details and registrations (registrations are mandatory) go to Information Night.

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.

Australian National University – ANU

ANU has provided updated information for direct applicants and for students who have not yet applied. Direct Applicants can change their degree preferences from Friday 1 October 2021 by logging back into their application. The students need to keep their August offer program in their preference list, but they can drop it down the list and put other preferences above it if they would like to be considered for a different offer in December. Students should check the conditions of award for any offered scholarship if they are changing their preferences (some scholarships are linked to a specific degree/discipline) or if they would like to defer their offer (the majority of scholarships cannot be deferred).

Students who did not submit a direct application can still apply through UAC. UAC Applications for current school-leavers need to meet the same co-curricular requirements as per the direct applications Co-curricular or service requirement.

Camp Counsellors USA (CCUSA)

CCUSA is a program where GAP students are placed in summer camps to run activities for younger students during the US school summer vacation period, although CCUSA also operates in other countries. CCUSA looks for young people who display skills such as leadership, energy, sporting ability, empathy etc, to work with the students in the camps. For more details, go to CCUSA.

Norwich University UK, Scholarship opportunity

The School may nominate up to three students who have demonstrated an exceptional record of service to their school or community for the Norwich High School Service Award, valued at $5,000 each year for a total of $20,000 over four years of study. Any student interested in this program should contact the Careers Counsellor in the first instances. Details can be found at Norwich University 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 following link 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.

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

Meat and Livestock Association (MLA) – Virtual Classroom

The MLA has introduced their ‘Smart Farming’ virtual classroom program for Term 4 2021. It is tailored specifically for either lower (F-3) or upper (4-6) primary school students and it allows participants to interact with passionate farmers and learn more about the industry. For more details including when the sessions are being held, go to Smart farming virtual classroom.

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.


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.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor