Year 12 – Careers based interviews

Year 12 boys who completed a careers based survey in Term 1 are being rostered to attend an interview with the Careers Counsellor. These interviews aim to assist the boys with their career/study planning for 2018. The interviews commenced in Week 10 of Term 1 and are expected to continue until at least Week 5 of Term 2. They are initial interviews, where the boys can discuss their plans, ask questions and explore different options. The boys are welcome to organise additional subsequent interviews as needed.

Personal Learning Plan – PLP – University Tour

All Year 10 students will be participating in a university half day tour on Friday 5 May as a part of their PLP course. The tour aims to introduce the students to university life, the study environment, the range of study options and qualifications, exchanges and entry requirements. The boys will be going to the University of South Australia (City West campus) and the School is most grateful for the support of the university in assisting with this tour. The tour is not about promoting the courses or advantages of an individual university; it is for learning about the uniqueness of tertiary education and the unique way the education is delivered. A consent form has been distributed to all Year 10 boys via their PLP teachers.


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 references. All Year 12s will receive a School leaving statement on Speech Day. The School does have a policy to support students requiring references or the nomination of 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.

UNSW Sydney – Medicine

The University has announced that applications for the 2018 Undergraduate Medicine Program will this year open on Monday 1 May. This is for both local and rural applicants. Details of the UNSW presentation on the medicine course and application requirements can be found at

University of Melbourne Werribee Open Day

The Werribee campus hosts a number of courses including the Diploma in General studies, Bachelor of Agriculture and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programs, as well as masters and higher research programs available in veterinary, agricultural and food sciences. The Werribee Campus id holding an open day on Saturday 29 April from 10am to 3pm. For more information, go to

St Andrew’s College, Sydney

St Andrew’s College is a residential co-education college associated with the University of Sydney. While most of the residents attend the University of Sydney, the College also has residents that attend other Sydney based universities. The College offers a number of scholarships, including the St Andrew’s Scholars Program. Up to five students are awarded this scholarship each year and it provides financial support of up to $30000 per year. Applications for this scholarship close on 4 August 2017. For details of the scholarship and other scholarships, go to or phone (02) 9569 7300.

Defence Forces Gap Year 2018

Gap Year 2018 applications are now open. Interest in this Gap Year opportunity is usually very high. The Gap Year program is a great opportunity for 18 – 24 year olds to experience a diverse range of roles in the Australian Defence Forces, all with a one year sign on. This year sees the most roles ever available in the Gap Year program. For more information please go to

Australian Defence Force Academy – ADFA

Year 12 students considering applying for ADFA are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure sufficient time for the application process. Year 11 students can also apply now. ADFA develops and educates the future leaders of the Navy, Army and Air Force. The program at ADFA combines military and leadership training with a recognised degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). There are a range of degrees available at ADFA – Arts, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Science and Technology. ADFA recruits receive free medical and dental treatment, subsidised food and accommodation.

Defence Force Reserves
The Army Reserve provides training in numerous areas and for certain roles, including a focus on the leadership and management training as a part of Officer training options. Members of the reserve receive payment for their work and many university students take advantage of the leadership training provided by the reserves through the First Appointment Course. A number of old scholars have joined the Army Reserve during their university studies. If there is sufficient interest, the Army Reserve is looking to visit St Peter’s College to explain how the Army Reserve works and outline the many benefits provided. Any Year 12 students interested in learning more about the Army Reserve are asked to contact the Careers Counsellor asap.


Lattitude Global Volunteering is an organisation specialising in volunteering for 17-25 year olds. This includes facilitating placements as tutors in overseas schools in countries across Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. There are scholarships for placements in some areas. Applications close on 17 June. Information sessions will be held during the year and selection interviews are expected to be held in July. For details and bookings, go to, e mail or telephone 03 9826 6266.

CDW Studios

CDW Studios is a Visual Effects and Entertainment Design School based in Adelaide. Courses are taught by industry professionals who have worked for a range of international companies such as Disney, Blizzard Entertainment, Rising Sun Pictures and others. CDW runs a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Digital Media in conjunction with Flinders University. CDW is conducting a workshop on 19 & 20 of April. The workshop is perfect for beginners in 3D modelling and sculpting who wish to learn more, and also to 'test the waters' at CDW. Classes are run from 10am – 4pm each day, and cost $120. For more details email or phone (08) 7073 5683.

Adelaide Hospitality and Tourism School (AHTS)

AHTS offers a range of courses from short Job Ready courses, Certificate I to Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Cookery, Certificate IV in Business and Diploma of Business Qualifications. Some of these short courses are held during the school holidays. For more information, please go to,  or call 8223 1818.

Athletes Dream

Athletes Dream is an Adelaide based USA College recruitment company. Athletes Dream is reporting that the demand from coaches across the US is outweighing the supply of student athletes. For details, go to

Queensford College holiday courses

Queensford College is running a number of courses during the April holidays including Barista, RSA and other food preparation programs. For details, go to

Be a Job Maker Day

For young people aged 16-24 years who are:

  • looking for an opportunity to get into the workforce (after school job, part or full time job, Australian Apprenticeship)
  • wanting to learn skills for future opportunities
  • interested in starting their own venture

then the Job Maker Day may be the ideal event for taking these ambitions further. The event is being held on Tuesday 2 May 2017 at Innovation House in Mawson Lakes from 10am to 3.15pm. Partners in this event include the New Venture Institute, Flinders University, Career BluePrint, Workforce BluePrint, Kiik Start, the Sammy D Foundation and is supported by Government of South Australia Department for Communities and Social Inclusion and The Office for Youth youTHRIVE 2017 youth strategy. Places at this event are limited, and for details and registration, please go to Be a job maker day.

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor