2018 Year 12 Cohort

Congratulations to the 2018 Year 12 class on their outstanding results. It is always pleasing to see the success of our graduates in relation to tertiary offers and graduate pathways and this year is no different. It was wonderful to see such a large number of students receive offers for tertiary study, with over 90% receiving either their first or second preference. It is also terrific to see students choose to broaden their horizons by taking a GAP year to travel or gain employment.

Below is a list of the university offers our 2018 cohort received. In addition to The University of South Australia, The University of Adelaide and Flinders University, students received offers from interstate universities including The University of Melbourne, The Australian National University, Curtin University, Monash University, The Australian Catholic University, The University of Sydney, Queensland University of Technology, University of Newcastle and RMIT. I wish all of the 2018 Year 12 cohort every success as they continue their ‘life’ journey!

Visual / Creative Arts – 8 students  

Design, Architecture, Contemporary Art, Creative Arts, Music                                                          

Arts/Media – 8 students

Arts (Advanced), Communication & Media, Journalism, Marketing

Business – 8 students

Business, Commerce, Finance/Economics, Construction Management                                      

Education – 3 students

Engineering - 5 students

Chemical, Biomedical & Mechanical   

Health / Medicine - 17 students

Medicine, Medical Radiation, Human Movement, Health Science, Medical Science, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology                                

Information Technology – 3 students

Law - 7 students

Psychology / Social Work - 4 students

Science - 5 students

Mathematical Science, Science (Advanced), Space Science, Environmental & Animal Science

UNSW visit

Last week I was invited to attend the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Career Advisers’ Days in Sydney. Throughout the two days, I was able to gain information on their admissions processes, accommodation options, course requirements and study abroad opportunities plus hear about some of the amazing degrees they have on offer and the research being undertaken. I look forward to sharing this with our senior students when they come to speak with me about interstate study options. If you or your child would like to explore UNSW further, you will find information at https://www.unsw.edu.au/ or you can encourage your child to make a time to come and speak with me.

Year 11 Work Experience: 24 – 28 June 2019

All Year 11 students will undertake Work Experience this year. Students and parents have been given information about this and it is now important that placements are finalised as soon as possible. Once a placement has been sorted, students are required to complete and submit an online ‘Application for Work Experience placement’ form, with details of the placement, no later than Thursday 28 February (Week 5).

Work Experience assistance requested

Work Experience is an excellent opportunity for our students to ‘get a feel’ for an industry or occupation to assist them to make some decisions about their own suitability to such a career. I currently have a database of workplaces that have previously accepted Pulteney students for Work Experience. However, as the school grows in numbers, and the difficulty of organising placements increases, I am always looking to expand the database to provide the best possible opportunities for our students. If you work in an area where you would be able to offer a placement to a Year 11 Pulteney student, I would love to hear from you. Please contact me either via email at Leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au, or by phone on 82165553.

Year 11 and 12 Career Breakfast – Wednesday 15 May

This week, Year 11 and 12 students received an invitation to attend the 2019 Career Breakfast, being held in Wyatt Hall at 7am on Wednesday 15 May. The breakfast is a wonderful opportunity for our senior students to talk with a mentor who works, and/or studies, in an industry area they have nominated as one of their potential future career interest areas, and for the students to listen to the mentor’s story, ask questions, exchange contact details for possible future mentoring purposes and to gain first-hand information from the people who know. If you have a child in Year 11 or 12, please encourage them to give this event serious consideration. If you, as an employer or employee, would like to be involved in attending the breakfast, to talk with, and mentor our senior students, please contact me at leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au.

Career Expos and Open Days

There are several Career Expos held throughout the year and I would strongly encourage you and your child to attend any that are of interest, especially if you are wanting to explore post-schooling options with your child. Two expos I am currently aware of are the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo, which will be held on Sunday 7 and Monday 8 April at the Adelaide Convention Centre (www.careersevent.com.au), and the National Careers and Employment Expo which will be held on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 May at the Adelaide Showgrounds (www.eocexpo.com.au). In addition to these, all of the major SA universities and TAFE will hold Open Days later in the year and several faculty areas within the universities will also hold individual Open Days. These will be advertised to students as dates become available.

2019 ANU Information Session

On Tuesday 5 February, a representative from the Australian National University presented to our Year 12 students about the opportunities available at ANU and changes to the admissions process for 2020. For further information about the new admissions process, please go to: http://www.anu.edu.au/study/apply/admission-scholarships-and-accommodation.

The presentation also informed the students of several scholarship opportunities, including the prestigious Tuckwell scholarship. Applicants for the Tuckwell Scholarship need to be able to demonstrate a desire and determination to use their natural skills and abilities to make a positive difference in the world. The scholarship program focuses on giving back to Australia and opens on March 4. For further information, go to http://tuckwell.anu.edu.au/.

Research Project Winner

Samuel Button, current Year 12 student, was one of 15 students from across the state to win a place at the SAHMRI Research Project ‘Masterclass’, held in December 2018, at the state-of-the-art SAHMRI research facility on North Terrace. The masterclass was a unique experience for the winners, who came together and listened to presentations from world renowned scientists, Dr Laura Weyrich from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, and Dr Mike Musker, from the Mind and Brain Clinical Research Centre, who both presented on their current research. In addition, the students participated in hands-on laboratory experiences, in fields relating to their Research Projects. The day provided Samuel with insight into a career as a researcher and he found it a “very Interesting and informative” opportunity and a worthwhile experience.

FUTURES websites

Pulteney has two ‘futures’ websites, which provide a range of career information to students. The first one, which can be found at https://www.pulteneyfutures.com/, contains information on all things ‘careers’, including job seeking skills, career exploration tools and post-schooling study links, plus links to other career and ‘future’ relevant websites. The second website, https://sites.google.com/view/pulteney-futures, has more specific information about the work experience and VET programs available at Pulteney, plus a ‘useful links’ tab to assist students in exploring possible future career areas. In addition to contacting me, I would encourage you and your child to explore these websites when you are seeking ‘FUTURES’ information.

Entry into Medicine, Dentistry, Oral Health and other health related areas (UCAT)

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by many universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programs. The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020). The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate abilities and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. 

A number of organisations offer UCAT preparation courses, and details of these courses have been emailed to senior students and are also available in the Futures Office. Many of these courses are very expensive, and students are encouraged to thoroughly research the programs on offer before they decide which course, if any, they wish to complete.

Registration for the UCAT opens in March and closes on 17 May. The UCAT is a two-hour computer-based test, delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, consisting of five separately timed subtests, each of which contains a number of questions in a multiple-choice format. Test dates are available on the UCAT website. For a listing of universities requiring the UCAT, please go to: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/universities/.  For more details about the UCAT, go to https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/.

ATO Tax File Number (TFN) Applications

A tax file number (TFN) is a unique nine-digit number issued to individuals and organisations to help administer tax and other Australian Government systems. Students need a TFN before they can start paid work and/or to access the Government supported HECS-HELP program to financially support university study. In 2014, the Australian Taxation Office changed the process for students applying for a TFN and schools are no longer able to process these application forms. The new process involves students completing an online application form and then visiting an Australia Post Office outlet to have their identity verified. For further information and to apply for a TFN, students need to visit https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Tax-file-number/Apply-for-a-TFN/

University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night - Thursday 23 May, 6 – 7.30pm

Students in Years 10 -12 who are interested in exploring science, technology, maths and engineering careers are encouraged to attend the University of Adelaide STEM Careers Night on Thursday 23 May. Academics and current students will talk about their experiences and emerging career opportunities. For further information and to register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/adelaide-stem-careers-night-tickets-55676240133.

Light refreshments will be provided.

2018 Competition winner

Congratulations to James Anderson, who won a double pass to the Tree Climb by subscribing to the Flinders University Explorer magazine for students. The magazine includes lots of useful information for students about courses, graduate success stories and new opportunities provided through Flinders University. I would certainly encourage all students to subscribe via the website (https://www.flinders.edu.au/), if they are interested in exploring their post-schooling options… and they might even win a prize!

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

Have a great week! 

Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures