SAHMRI Observation Visit

Recently four Year 9 girls, Scarlett Howard, Elsie Pearce, Niah Kilgariff-Johnson and Manon Howell–Meurs, had the wonderful opportunity to attend an observation day at the South Australian Health and Medical Research facility (SAHMRI). This opportunity came about after a Science Week guest speaker kindly offered to host a ‘“Scientist for a day” opportunity. Throughout the day, the students had a tour of the SAHMRI building and an introduction to working in a laboratory, they undertook some supervised laboratory activities and clinical imaging data analysis and attended the animal house. This opportunity to observe ‘life as a scientist’ enabled these Year 9 girls to continue to explore their interest in this area for future study and career opportunities. 

Below are some observations of the day from the students:

What did you enjoy? The whole day was extremely engaging and fun. I would say we all enjoyed everything equally, although we did love seeing the mice. We really liked the wide range of activities on the day - from measuring protein (through a western blot test) pipetting, growing blood vessels and asking questions about people’s careers and experiences. 

What did you learn/gain from the experience? We learnt how to use a pipette, about the clots in the heart’s arteries, how cells grow and how to measure certain levels of protein. The presentation in the core lab taught us about possible careers and subject choices for the future.

Has it assisted you with any career decisions? Yes, I believe this has opened up other options for future careers and has given us all an idea of what we could do in the future.

Any other comments? That it was extremely fun, and very engaging for those who have a passion or interest in biology and science.

SACE results

The Stage 2 SACE results are expected to be released on Tuesday 15 December. Students should ensure they are able to access the SACE Board website, including knowing their PIN, before this date so they can retrieve their results on release day.

Year 12 Tertiary applications

Timely applications for university entry in most states of Australia have now closed. Late applications for most courses can still be made, but will incur a late application fee. Any students wishing to discuss their plans for 2021 and beyond are encouraged to email me to make a time to meet. 

Apprenticeship opportunities – welding/fabrication

Acromat is seeking applicants for apprentice fabrication structural steel/first class welder positions. These positions will start in January 2021. For details about Acromat, and the positions available, click here.  Applications need to be sent to the Manager, either by email or write to the Manager at 25 Manchester St, Mile End South, 5031.

MEGT – Apprentice and Trainee vacancies

MEGT is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that supports local employers, apprentices, trainees, job seekers and students in facilitating apprenticeship opportunities. Details can be found here and to explore apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities, please visit their Job Board.

University of SA ‘Health Check’ service

UniSA is offering Year 12 students a personalised application ‘Health Check’. UniSA staff area available to help students with structuring their preferences, entry options and alternative pathways and provide a basic application review. The staff can also provide options for students who have received a conditional offer from other universities. For details and bookings, please click here.

National Careers Institute and School Leaver Information Service

The National Careers Institute has just released a range of information and services designed to assist School Leavers, covering a range of topics to assist students to navigate post school options, both short and long term. This can be found here.

The School Leavers Information Service has also been launched. This support service delivers more tailored support services via telephone or text. Interested parties can call 1800 CAREER (1800 227 337) or SMS ‘SLIS2020’ to 0429 009 435 for more information. The Your Career website has a range of tools and resources and is available here

Beyond School Study Guide

The Government has produced a document to give students in Years 10 – 12 information about continuing with further study, including tertiary study options and financial and government assistance. For further information, click here.

Mining scholarships

Year 12 students who have an aptitude for STEM subjects, and who are hoping to study either Mining Engineering or Petroleum Engineering in 2021 are invited to apply for two new scholarships. The Playford Trust Mining and Petroleum Engineering Scholarships, funded by the resources industry and the South Australian Government, are for students commencing studies in either of these two disciplines in 2021 at The University of Adelaide. The scholarships are worth $10,000 per annum for both the first and second years of study. Applications open shortly, but students considering this option are encouraged to register here, so potential applicants can receive further advice. Applications close 22 January 2021. Additional information on the Playford Trust and its scholarships can be found here.

Open Day – Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE) – Saturday 21 November

Is your child interested in a career in game design, animation or film and do they want to further explore their possible journey into this industry? If yes, they are invited to attend AIE’s November Open Day, which will focus on the exciting range of programs that are being offered in 2021. The day will showcase numerous information sessions, run by current AIE teachers and students, along with alumni stories. For more information, please go to their website here.

Open Day – Australian Chiropractic College – Saturday 14 November

Year 11 and Year 12 students and parents are invited to the Australian Chiropractic College (ACC) Open Day on Saturday 14th of November 2020. This year the college will be offering both a virtual Open Day as well as an on-campus tour (Level 1, Dowie House, 83-89 Currie Street Adelaide SA 5000), so you can choose to sit in on the online session from the comfort of your own home or join us at the Adelaide campus for a personal tour. The ACC is the first and only education provider to offer a TEQSA accredited Bachelor of Chiropractic in South Australia. If there are any students thinking of a career in chiropractic, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the course. If you plan on coming along to the on-campus tour, register your place here. For more information on the Open Day please email us  or visit our Facebook page. The Virtual Open Day will be held from 1:00-2:00pm and the on-campus tour at 2:15-3:15pm. For more information, click here.

Pulteney Futures Website

The Pulteney Futures website has a great deal of general information for students (and parents) to assist in their career exploration, with links to many relevant sites. To view this, click here

If you have any questions regarding careers, please feel free to email me or phone 8216 5553.


Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures