Welcome back to a new school year! I’d like to extend a special welcome to all of our new students, their parents and guardians. As the Careers Advisor, I look forward to meeting and assisting students with not only their post school options but also to assist students with their subject selections.
The year has gotten off to a flying start. Alessia and Selina Colagiuri from Year 10 attended the Learning Labs program in Music Technology and Composition at The University of Wollongong over the summer break. Learning Labs is an academic enrichment program held at the University of Wollongong campus. Students come from all over the Illawarra and surrounding regions to attend workshops that cater to their particular interests.
On Friday 9 February six senior students (Zara Solomos, Eve Fernando, Louisa Leone, Katie Koo, Mary Nguten and Bianca Setionago) attended a STEM Workshop run by St. George Hospital. These students were afforded the opportunity to hear about STEM careers from prominent women in their chosen fields. There was also an essay competition as part of the workshop. The students had the opportunity to submit an essay on “Why do you think that learning science and mathematics is important to living and how do you think this will help you contribute to our community in the future?” I am delighted to report that Zara was the recipient of one of the major prizes for her essay submission. Zara won a $100 Westfield voucher! (Photo: Zara presented with her prize)
On Friday 9 February, myself and five other students attended a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) workshop for women held at the Research and Education centre at St George Hospital. This workshop offered guidance, advice and even inspiration for young scientific minds who are aspiring to enter a career in the scientific field as a woman. It opened our minds to new opportunities and showed us what it is like to be women in such a male dominated field of work. The guest speakers were successful, hardworking and intelligent women who shared with us their experiences of working in a scientific field. I loved listening to their experiences and seeing that it is possible to manage both an amazing and challenging career with other commitments of life such as family. I would certainly recommend this workshop to all women interested in persuing a career in a scientific field and I’m sure that all the other students who attended were grateful for this opportunity. Zara Solomos
(Photos from the workshop)
QILT released the 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey
Reports the views of 4,000+ employers about the attributes of recent graduates from Australian higher education institutions. Employer views of the technical skills, generic skills and work readiness of recent graduates provide assurance about the quality of Australia’s higher education sector.
Prospective medical & dental students need to sit UMAT
Test date 25 July
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), who is again administering the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) has opened registrations for UMAT. Senior students are likely to need to sit this exam if they would like to apply for dentistry or medicine in 2019. Go to:
Free Guide to US, UK and Canadian Universities
For Careers Advisers and Students – download at
US Study Presentations for students and Parents 2018 Series
Cranbrook School Mansfield Room 5 Victoria Road Bellevue Hill
11 March. 2:30-3:30 pm. US Colleges & Student Athlete
11 March. 3:45-4:45pm. US College Application Process
11 March. 5.00- 5:45pm. Applying to Elite Colleges
13 March. 6.00-7.00pm. US College Application Process
13 March. 7:15-7:45pm. Applying to Elite Colleges
14 March. 6.00-7:30 pm. US Colleges & Student Athletes
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org (0414765889)
Study in the US – 2018 Standardised Test Dates
Internationally Educated – students looking to study in the US are encouraged to sit the SAT or ACT standardised test for admission purposes. Both are offered on specified testing dates throughout the year. Students should plan ahead and to assist with this we have written an article describing the process, including the 2018 standardised test dates
Join us at our Feb Info Nights and learn how UTS Insearch can provide students a pathway to UTS
8 and 22 February. 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
UTS Insearch, 187 Thomas Street, Sydney.
Are your students looking for an alternative way to UTS? Discover how our diploma programs can offer a pathway to 2nd year study at UTS. Meet Program Managers, current students and apply on the night.
Yr 12 Leavers – University of Newcastle Scholarships
Closes 4 March for most scholarships.
You still have time. Check out the offers available at:
University of Newcastle Campus Tours Semester 1
Tours start at 10am and are for individuals and families. Bookings via website.
TAFE NSW Credit Transfer Pathways to University
Check credittransfer.tafensw.edu.au when helping your students to see how many Credit Points a TAFE NSW qualification can give them for a degree with an Australian University. With around 3,000 pathways available, discover the many roads they can take on their journey to higher education. Questions can be emailed to: TAFENSWCreditTransferEnquiries@tafensw.edu.au
Pre-Apprenticeship Courses in the Automotive Industry
Apprenticeships R Us, alongside My Trade Start is currently running automotive pre-apprenticeship courses that are NSW Government funded for individuals aged 15-24. These courses are held all over Sydney and run for a duration of two weeks, followed by a work placement. Individuals can stay enrolled in school whilst completing the course. Call Luke – (02) 9891 6900 or email email@example.com.
NIDA HSC Drama Performance Course
16 to 20 April. 10.00am to 5.00pm
215 Anzac Pde, Kensington
NIDA HSC Drama Performance is a comprehensive course for NSW students in year 11 and 12. Broaden your understanding of performance and develop improvisation, acting and devising techniques. Communicate as a performer to an audience for GP and IP projects. More info:
Video Game and Animation Work Experience at AIE
The Academy of Interactive Entertainment Work Experience Program is now open for 2018. If you are a student in year 10, 11 or 12 who is interested in Game Design, Game Art & Animation, 3D Animation and VFX or Game Programming and would like to learn practical skills and what it’s like to work in this area, please ask your Careers Adviser to call AIE Sydney on 02 8514 8800 or online at
First Aid, White Card, RSA & RCG
First Aid training, CPR, White Card, RSA & RCG training on campus anywhere in NSW. (02) 43823055 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website at:
Meet the Keeper at Taronga Zoo
Meet a Keeper is a one-day program for students 14 years and over who have expressed an interest in a career at the Zoo. The day includes a seminar presented by a range of Zoo staff to learn aspects of working in a zoo environment, including qualifications, career opportunities, core responsibilities, careers structures and wages. RSVP
Budding Film Careers – Tropfest 2018 – Contemporary Film Festival
13 to 17 February
If you have a love of film, come to Tropfest and see how many of Australia’s current film trailblazers got their start.
Go to the TropTalks
USQ Get Writing Prize
Opens 19 February
Are you the next J K Rowling? Can you write a short story or poetry? If you are a high school student in years 7-12 with a passion for writing poetry or short stories this competition is for you! Enter to win some great prizes including membership to Express Media – the peak organisation for young Australian writers, mentoring by USQ staff or students, writer’s toolboxes, QBD vouchers and more.
NYSF Year 12 Program – Inspiring Australia’s Young Scientists
Applications open 1 March for January 2019
The NYSF Year 12 Program is a 12-day residential program designed to give students a broader understanding of the diverse study and career options available in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to encourage them to continue their studies in these fields.
HSC Half Yearly Preparation Seminars
10 and 11 March Macquarie University
3 and 4 March UTS
11 March UON
Seminars to assist students prepare effectively for the upcoming HSC half-yearly exams. Sessions will be held in 16 different subjects and run by expert HSC teachers/markers. Call 1300 677 336.For more information, go to:
Love IT ? BiG Day In @ UTS
BiG Day In IT Careers Conference for students Yrs 9-12. Speakers incl. Animal Logic, IBM, Technology 1, Microsoft, WiseTech Global, Westpac, Adobe & more talking about their careers & the future of technology. Loads of cool exhibitors including Westpac, Microsoft, IBM, CSIRO, WiseTech Global, ACS, Adobe & loads more. Tickets $10 for students.
Vocational Learning Coordinator