On Monday 13 August, the Year 12 Accounting class were given the unique opportunity to hear from Mr Todd Cavender. An Old Scholar and father to Jack (Year 11), Mr Cavender works as a practising Chartered Accountant in the public sector and is the Director of Black & Co Chartered Accountants. The presentation to the students was based on ratio analysis as part of their preparation for their Report assessment for SACE.  Students commented that the real world examples that Mr Cavender was able to provide helped their ability to analyse the usefulness of ratios. This was a wonderful example of the Pulteney community coming together once again.

Explore your Future Expo

The Pulteney Old Scholars’ Association and the Futures Office, were thrilled to see so many Year 9 – 12 students and their families at the “Explore Your Future” Expo recently. Following the keynote address by Ken Hall (Old Scholar 1975), where he reflected on his career journey and spoke of the need for consistent effort, passion, vision and embracing every opportunity that comes your way, students and their parents moved to the Centre for Senior Learning to listen to shorter presentations on a variety of career/industry areas. From the extensive feedback I have received, from both students and their parents, the night was a resounding success, with many parents saying their normally uncommunicative child wouldn’t go to bed as they were having animated conversations about possible future careers – exactly the outcome we were hoping for! The success of the night is due, in the main, to the generosity of our Old Scholar and parent communities, who were willing to give of their time to present at the evening. A very special thank you to Mr Ken Hall, and also to Mark Bourchier and his team in Community Relations for their support in sourcing and finalising the presenters. We look forward to further refining the evening for an even more successful event in 2020! If any parents or students who attended still have feedback about the evening, please feel free to email me this week. If you know of any Old Scholars who would like to take part in future expos, please ask them to contact me.

Year 12 SATAC applications - University

The Year 12 SATAC application process is now open for 2019 University study. Year 12 students have until Friday 28 September to register their intention to put in an application, without incurring a late fee of $175.00. My advice to students who are unsure of their career preferences, is to log on to www.satac.edu.au and add a generalist degree by Friday 28 September. They then have until January 3, 2019 to add any other preferences they might be interested in studying or change the order of their preferences. This way they avoid the late fee and also give themselves time to ‘nut out’ their preferred pathway. For students interested in Medicine, Dentistry and Creative/Performing Arts degrees, no late applications will be accepted and so they MUST meet the September 28deadline. This closing date also applies to most interstate tertiary admission centres but students will need to carefully check if they are applying interstate, as some individual courses may have other requirements with different closing dates. I am certainly available to assist students (and parents) with this process, although the students will need to do the ‘decision making’ in relation to their future careers!

Subject Choices

For students in Years 10 and 11, Term 3 is also a very important one, where they will need to look closely at their post-schooling options and make decisions about the subjects they choose to study in 2019. While there is a pathway to almost any career these days, it is most efficient if students choose the correct areas of study in the first instance. Year 10 students are exploring their career options through their SACE Personal Learning Plan (PLP) subject this term, having had presentations from Flinders University and University of South Australia, while Year 11 students will take part in another online career quiz, to support their work from PLP last year and to assist them in making some further decisions regarding their future. If you have any questions regarding subject choices and career pathways, please feel free to contact me.

Useful websites for exploring careers

Below are several websites that students (and parents) may find useful to assist in the process of exploring possible future career areas.




http://www.studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helpfulresources/faqs/pages/faqs -
















VET (Vocational Education and Training) Courses

Students studying in one ninety at Pulteney are able to access VET courses to study as part of their SACE. Students can choose a VET course to begin a vocational pathway, for example as a plumber, electrician or hairdresser, or as a ‘taster’ course, to explore possible career opportunities, such as business or fashion design.  VET courses can run during school hours, or after school, and offer students a great opportunity to develop practical skills and learn in a different environment. In addition to SACE credits, students studying a VET course will also receive a nationally recognised qualification. There is a large range of VET courses available for students to choose from. If your child is interested in exploring VET as an option, more information is available on the Futures website. Students have attended an information session regarding the application process for VET studies and have been emailed a link to this site, which is also here:

https://sites.google.com/site/careersforpulteneystudents/home/vet. Students wanting to apply for a 2019 VET course need to have their initial application forms submitted by Thursday 7 September.

University Adjustment Factors (previously known as Bonus Points)

I have had several conversations with Year 12 students recently about how the adjustment factors impact on their ATAR for entry into the SA universities, so I have included some information below for you to read. From 2018 onwards, bonus points are now referred to as ‘adjustment factors’. There are two components to the adjustment factors in SA – the Universities Equity Scheme and the Universities Language, Literacy and Mathematics Bonus Scheme. The schemes are administered by SATAC, based on rules provided by the universities. For specific information about the bonus points schemes, go to http://www.satac.edu.au/universities-bonus-schemes

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). The test is used widely by tertiary institutions in Australia, to assist them with the selection of students across a broad range of academic programs.
The 2-hour test assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study and consists of 70 multiple choice questions, half of which are verbal/critical reasoning and the other half quantitative reasoning. Year 12 students, who will be 18 on or before 1 February 2019, are eligible to sit the STAT as an alternative entry pathway to university if they wish. Students apply to sit the STAT through their SATAC application. For further information, go to: https://stat.acer.edu.au/

Career Jumpstart

The Federal Government has established a program to assist young people gain a start in employment. The online program covers information on how to contact employers, exploring jobs, developing job application resources, advice on interviews and much more. Go to https://jobjumpstart.employment.gov.au/ 


The SelfStart program is an online resource to support and guide young people through the first stages of starting and marketing a business. The program links the participants to local and national business support and connects to the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme. For details, go to https://jobsearch.gov.au/selfstart.

Studying in the UK

Applications for most UK universities open in September 2018. Applications for Oxford, Cambridge and for courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Science close in 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.For information and advice on studying in the UK, go to the British Council website athttps://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/.

If you have any questions regarding careers, please feel free to contact me on leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au or 8216 5553.


Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures