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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 2022 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.

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 2022 school studies and get his approval.

National Careers Institute and School Leaver Information Service

The National Careers Institute offers 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 school leaver support. 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 Your career,

Where to next?

Where to next is a hub that offers students the access to careers based webinars and the latest news and features. This will be a valuable source of information for all students. Students planning their pathway from education to employment and wanting the latest information on tertiary studies, further training, courses, career options and job opportunities can engage directly with Exhibitors via the Webinars where information can be downloaded and students can ask questions.

Charles Allan Seymour Hawker Scholarships

The CAS Hawker Scholarships are 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 6 2021 and close on Friday 7 January 2022. 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 or phone 8127 1654.

University of Sydney – Experience Sydney

Experience Sydney is an online event which is designed to give students a taste of university life. It will be held from Monday 8 to Thursday 11 November. Experience Sydney will provide students the opportunity to participate in a taster class and get a sample of some of our first-year lecture material in a variety of study areas. There will also be the opportunity to connect with the Student Ambassadors to learn about their personal experience studying at the University and have their questions answered during the Q&A sessions. For details and registration, go to Experience Sydney.

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

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.

Welding apprenticeships

ACROMAT is offering apprenticeships in Cert III Engineering (Welding) to commence in January 2022. Students interested in applying should visit the website ACROMAT to learn more about the company and direct enquiries to or phone 08 8352 2288.

Employment opportunities for Yr 12 graduates

Maxima is a Group Training Organisation that promotes and manages traineeships and apprenticeships. Apprenticeships and Traineeships allow students to work while completing a nationally recognised qualification, learning from experienced mentors and developing skills on the job. There is no study debt at the end. For more details, go to Maxima vacancies

Flight Training Adelaide – FTA

For any year 12 students interested in pilot training, FTA has launched a ‘combined program’ of the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) and the Diploma of Aviation (Instrument Rating) for 2022 which will be delivered back to back in approximately 10 months. For more details, go to Diploma of Aviation.

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.


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

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor