References

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.

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities open in September 2017. 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 www.ucas.com/apply/key-dates. 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. The UCAS application process is outlined at www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started.

The School is a registered UCAS centre and consequently any boys wanting to submit an application to UCAS will need to see the Careers Counsellor to receive the UCAS buzzword which will allow them to link and submit their applications. The Careers Counsellor will also supervise the start of the UCAS application. While the deadline for 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 – 8 December 2017. The British Council provides information and advice on studying in the UK, go to www.educationuk.org/Higher-Education for this information.

Scholarships

There are a number of school-based scholarships available for Year 12 students – all have a due date of Friday 27 October 2017. Details and forms are also posted on Keystone and have a 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 then decides who will be the successful recipient. The application forms, which includes the selection criteria, are available from the Senior School Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis in the Senior School Office by Friday 27 October.

M D & R D Elliott MBE Scholarship: a scholarship for a student having completed his secondary education, has accepted a place in the medical faculty of an Australian university. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis, in the Senior School Office by Friday 27 October.

Leonard William Bakewell Law Scholarship: a scholarship for a student having completed his secondary education, has accepted a place, whether immediate or reserved, in the law faculty of an Australian university. Applications forms which include details of the selection criteria are available from the Senior School Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms Ennis, in the Senior School Office by Friday 27 October.

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 4 2017 and close on 5 January 2018. Applicants are encouraged to apply early. The scholarship is open to students undertaking study at the following institutions: ANU, Flinders, Adelaide, Roseworthy College, Uni SA, Uni 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 www.hawkerscholarship.org or phone 8127 1654.

Scholarships to attend St Mark’s College

St Mark’s offers around $450,000 per year in scholarships and bursaries to new and returning students. Around 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 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.
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 stmarkscollege.com.au/application/scholarships/.

Hybrid World Adelaide – Flinders University

Hybrid is a new technology festival and a first for South Australia. Guests have the opportunity to attend a wide range of free displays, workshops, presentations and cosplay parades. Attendees can participate in strategy video games, drone zone, learning about robotics, building FHTbot, coding club and game building challenges. Participants will also be able to find out about courses and careers in Creative Arts, Digital Media, Screen, Engineering, Information Technology and Computer Science. This event is being held on 5 to 8 October at the Tonsley Innovation District – part of the Flinders University Tonsley campus. More details can be found at http://facultyofscienceeng.cmail20.com/t/r-l-jlhlqjk-ktlihulhuj-y/

St Andrews University International Summer Program

The St Andrews University Summer program is a three week live in program that is held at St Andrews University in late June and early July each year. The program offers students aged 16 to 18 from around the world the unique opportunity to experience courses taught in the Scottish academic tradition by current academic staff. Participants on the International Summer Programmes will receive a student ID card and will have free access to world-class facilities, including the library and newly redeveloped sports centre. Students can enrol in one of a number of academic courses including creative writing, classics, Scottish studies, world literature, psychology and neuroscience, physical science, mathematics and computer science, biological and earth sciences, science and religion, moral philosophy, and sustainable development. Applications open on 2 October 2017. Established in 1413, St Andrews has a high academic reputation and this Summer Program offers students an opportunity to explore this environment which may assist in planning their post school study plans. For more details of the Program, go to www.st-andrews.ac.uk/subjects/non-degree-courses/summer-schools/international-summer-programme/, email summerstudy@st-andrews.ac.uk or see the Careers Counsellor.

Cambridge Immerse

Cambridge Immerse is a two-week academic summer programme for 15 to 18 year old students from around the world. The academic programme is designed and taught by Cambridge University and Oxford University tutors and takes place in some of the historic colleges of Cambridge University. For further information, visit www.cambridgeimmerse.com.

Ormond College

Ormond College is a residential college associated with the University of Melbourne. For students who missed out on our Open Day tours, the College is willing to book a one-on-one tour. Information about the College can be found http://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate and FAQs at http://www.ormond.unimelb.edu.au/future-students/undergraduate/faqs/#caemail3.

University of Melbourne – Information Day for interstate students

The University will be hosting the day on Monday 2 October and will focus on aspects of the university that are of greater concern to interstate students such as the application process, scholarships, student services, the student experience and accommodation options. The program will also include a campus tour and residential college tour and lunch will be provided on the day. Participants are asked register at https://futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/explore/events/victoria_and_interstate/victoria/interstate_student_and_family_information_day_october.

University of Adelaide – Ingenuity 2017

Ingenuity 2017 is an interactive showcase of university student projects exploring the dynamic world and applications of engineering, computer and mathematical sciences. This event provides high school students an opportunity to engage with university students, share in their experiences, and learn more about studying engineering, computer and mathematical sciences at the University of Adelaide. The event is being held on Tuesday 31 October 2017, 9:30am-3:30pm, at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Visit http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/ingenuity/ for more information or phone: 08 8313 0333.

SAPOL presentation

SAPOL’s Road Safety Section recently attended St Peter’s College and delivered a most valuable road safety presentation to some Year 10 students entitled, – A Guide to obtaining your L’s and P’s – and was presented by a currently serving police officer. This interactive program discussed the methods of obtaining a driver’s licence; the conditions relating to Learner and Provisional licences; the risks associated with driving; and why being a passenger in a vehicle driven by a young person is potentially risky. The program included discussions on crash risks, speeding, alcohol and drugs, fatigue and driver attitudes to road safety.

There are a number of web sites which may be of further value to families.

•           www.raa.com.au

•           www.mylicence.sa.gov.au

•           www.sapolice.sa.gov.au or www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/community-programs/road-safety-education

•           www.howsafeisyourcar.com.au

For any further information on Road Safety please contact the Road Safety Section on 82076586 or by email: SAPOL.RoadSafetySection@police.sa.gov.au

Queensford College

Queensford College is offering a number of hospitality based courses in the October holidays. For more information, contact Queensford by phone – 08 8410 4605, website – www.queensford.edu.au or email – info@queensford.edu.au.

Vantage Automotive – apprenticeships 

Vantage Automotive works with a range of manufacturers, including Volvo, Volkswagen, Audi, Jaguar, Mazda, Land Rover, Subaru and Renault to provide the required training for motor mechanic apprenticeships. Vantage places the apprentices with major vehicle manufacturers as a part of this training. Vantage recruits Australia wide and the block training takes place in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. For details of the manufacturers involved with the program, go to http://www.vantageautomotive.com/va-apprentice-programs. Applications are online and made via www.vantageautomotive.com/ site by selecting the ‘apply now’ link on this website. 

Academy of Interactive Entertainment

The AIE will be running a free day of workshops on the 4th of October. Students attending will have the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools. The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm and is suitable for students from Years 9 to 12. Registrations can be made at http://www.aie.edu.au/ied.

Ski le Gap

Ski le Gap offers gap programs in Quebec Canada as ski/snowboard instructors. For more details of this program, go to www.skilegap.com or contact info@skilegap.com.  

Mark Colsey
Careers Counsellor