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Combined South Australian Tertiary Information Evening
Term 3 is an important time for Year 12 students as they prepare for their life after school. By the end of Term 3, students considering undertaking study at most university courses in 2019 need to have made their applications to the South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC), or the equivalent organisations interstate. The Combined South Australian tertiary information evening is being held on Tuesday 7 August to assist families to understand the tertiary entry processes and plan course options with university staff. Pembroke School, Wilderness School and St Peter’s College have worked collaboratively to run the information seminar for boys and parents/guardians for a number of years. This year it will be held at Wilderness School from 7.00 to 9.00 pm on Tuesday 7 August. There will be representatives from the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, Torrens University, and TAFE SA to present and provide assistance with course options and address any other related issues for parents and students. Details of the evening will be emailed to all Year 12 parents.

Studying in the UK
Applications for most UK universities can be submitted from the beginning of September 2018. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close on 15 October. 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. UCAS application process and other key dates.The School is a registered UCAS Centre. 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 UCAS applications is in early January, to guarantee 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 – 7 December 2018. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK.

Bond University – Open Day
Bond University is holding their annual Twilight Open Day on 28 and 29 July. The Open day provides a personalised Open Day Student Experience. Participants will have an all-access pass to the campus, take part in a range of activities, network with staff and meet current Bond students to experience what university life involves. The University is offering a student and a parent or guardian with a complimentary overnight accommodation for two guests (twin share) on the Gold Coast, return coach transfers from the hotel to Bond University Twilight Open Day and a VIP lunch with Bond staff and students. For more information and to book, please contact Ms Vanessa Lea via or phone 0419 561 927.

Applications to Australian & NZ Medicine and Dentistry Schools
A number of activities have been already conducted or organised to benefit the Year 12 boys who aspire to study medicine or dentistry in 2019. This has included UMAT familiarisation sessions, medicine at Monash presentation, individual discussions, and sessions explaining where and how to apply for medicine/dentistry courses in Australia and New Zealand. The latter session also included the distribution of documents that summarises the requirements of all the medicine and dentistry schools in Australia and New Zealand. Any Year 12 student who is contemplating studying medicine or dentistry and has not collected one of these documents, should see the Careers Counsellor as soon as possible. Another event is planned for lunchtime on 25 June. This is a medicine Q&A session. As has been the case in the past, this will be a very beneficial session for our Year 12s. It involves a panel of young old scholars who are currently studying medicine, addressing numerous questions the current Year 12 students may have on the UMAT, the interview, the course or anything else on the topic. This session will provide our current students a greater insight into the course entry requirements, selection processes and the nature of the course itself.

Career related events on the calendar
25 June – Medicine Q & A session
28 June – Year 10 PLP university tour (University of SA)

UniTEST – Flinders University
UniTEST is an aptitude test that has been designed by ACER to assess the kinds of generic reasoning and thinking skills 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. More details about the test

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 $18,200 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, built environment, science and business. More details can be found at Applications close on 28 September. The application does require a School contribution, so any students intending to apply need to see Mr Colsey.

Australian National University (ANU)
The ANU offers the George Alexander Foundation Scholarship for commencing students who must move away from home to undertake an undergraduate degree at ANU. It is awarded to students who demonstrate strong academic merit, community involvement and leadership potential. Applications open shortly and close in August. More information.

Applications to Australian National University (ANU) in 2019
The ANU is withdrawing from the centralised UAC Tertiary Admissions Centre from the start of next year and is establishing a new admissions model. This will affect current Year 11 students and below. The main changes are that applicants:

  • Will apply directly to the university
  • Will need to submit their applications earlier, between March and May in Year 12.
  • Will receive early decision with offers expected in August.
  • Will only need to make the one application for admissions, scholarships and accommodation
  • Will be assessed holistically – the ATAR will not be the sole determinant for entry. There will be a co-curricular or service requirement.

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 school-based referees. 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.

Le Cordon Bleu – Career Residential Course
In the July school holidays (18 to 20 July) Le Cordon Bleu is offering students a day in the life at the renowned culinary arts and hospitality educator. It is a comprehensive three-day residential event that gives participants taste of all our courses. This event is suitable for students in Years 10-12 interested in pursuing a career in hotel or restaurant management, hospitality, food service or cookery (chef/ baker/ patissier). Attendees will have the opportunity to explore creating cuisine and patisserie delights in the commercial kitchens and learn more about food & beverage service, marketing, working in industry and visit prestigious hotels around Adelaide. Students will stay in on-campus accommodation, Regency International House (all meals and accommodation included with the $300 fee). More information.

University of Melbourne: Information Day for interstate students
The University of Melbourne is hosting an Information Day for interstate students and their families at the Parkville campus on Thursday 12 July 9.00am – 6.00 pm. The day will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. The program will also include a campus tour followed by a free lunch at one of the residential colleges and a college tour. More information.

Another event is being held on Friday 13 July. The ‘A Day at Melbourne’ program assists prospective students to find out about the undergraduate course structure, majors, graduate pathways, enhancement programs and activities that can be done within each faculty. More information.

University of Adelaide – Year 12 English Language Proficiency requirements
The University of Adelaide has determined that it will no longer require international students studying Year 12 in Australia to study Year 12 English to meet entry requirements.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE)
AIE will be running some 3D animation and visual effects courses during the July school holidays. Students will get the opportunity to learn 3D animation and game development using industry standard tools. More information.

Undergraduate Accountancy employment opportunity
The accountancy firm Tilbrook Rasheed is looking to appoint students to trainee accountant positions to commence in 2019 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. Any boys interested in this as a career path, particularly accounting students, should see Mr Colsey for more details. Applications close on 13 September.

TAFE SA School Holiday Short Courses
TAFE SA is offering a number of short courses during the July school holidays that can support students in gaining skills for casual or full-time work. Courses are being offered in the following areas:

  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Hair and Beauty
  • IT skills
  • Operating fork-lifts and front-end loaders
  • Introduction to welding, fitting and machining
  • CAD design
  • Traffic management
  • Website development

More information.

CDW Studios
CDW Studios is a School of Visual Effects and Entertainment Design, providing students with current and relevant education available to work in the VFX and entertainment design industry. CDW Studios is now taking registrations for their 3D High School Holiday Workshop on July 9 and 10. This will be an introductory workshop teaching techniques in 3D Modelling and Sculpting for the Film and Game Industries. The cost to attend the workshop is $120. More information.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor