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On Wednesday 18 August, Year 10 students need to have submitted their online 2022 Year 11 subject choices, and they will also need to print out a copy of this form, have it signed and hand it up with their completed blue Subject Selection Forms. It is important these steps are completed thoroughly and submitted on time. This will give the allocated subject counsellor time to look over selections and be in a better position to review the suitability of the subject choices. The review appointments are 15 minutes, however some of this time is taken up with the Year 10 PLP Presentation. If you have any queries please email a careers counsellor with a specific question or see the staff at the LEC front desk to book in a time for a more detailed discussion. If sections of the blue form are not completed it makes it very difficult to get to an informed opinion in the subject selection counselling session. Students are reminded to ensure they have checked the ‘assumed knowledge’ for each subject in the Curriculum Handbook, and if a student cannot meet this and still wants to do the subject, it is imperative they discuss this with the relevant Head of Department before the subject counselling session.


This week Year 11 students attended an assembly and received the materials to support their 2022 Year 12 subject selections. We hope they have made good use of these resources already. Students need to submit their Year 12 subject choices online by Monday 23 August, and they will also need to print off the summary, have it signed and submit it with their fully completed yellow subject selection form by Wednesday 25 August. It is very important students complete ‘Jobs and Courses of Interest’ on the front page of the form so that their allocated subject counsellor has time to go over this prior to the subject counselling session on Thursday 2 September.

When selecting subjects, students should check the ‘assumed knowledge subjects’ for each subject. If a student is listing a subject for which they have not met the assumed knowledge for, they should be approaching the Head of Department to discuss this before attending the subject counselling appointment. We encourage students to ask their Semester 1 teachers what they entered as recommendations for 2022. Students who require assistance should see the staff at the LEC front desk to book an appointment, which for Year 11 students will be open from Friday 19 August. Careers counsellors are always available to answer specific questions via email.

We would like to make families aware of two new subjects in 2022. Essential English will provide a great choice for many students who wish to maintain their English skills to complement employment and TAFESA pathways. Students contemplating pathways in teaching are reminded that any Year 12 English subject is advantageous in English skill development to get through the LANTITE test which is a compulsory part of the graduating Teachers Registration. Please note Essential English does not result in ‘subject bonus points’ towards the ATAR Selection Rank. Health Science is also a new addition and will provide students interested in nursing and health sciences a valuable experience, especially if they feel Biology would be too challenging. It is classified as Scientific Studies by SACE and meets The University of Adelaide STEM Science Academy. This subject traditionally is not exposed to as much ‘scaling’ as many other non exam subjects.

Year 11 students should be aware of the ‘Year 11 Conditional Grade Offer’ schemes that are in place for our students in Year 12 (and likely to be offered again next year). The most important message is to ensure students are trying to achieve in the highest-grade band as possible in Year 11 as this could lead to many opportunities in 2022.

For more information from Flinders University regarding ‘Year 11 Grades Admission Pathways’, please click here.

For more information regarding The University of Adelaide ‘Year 11 Entry Pathway’, please click here.

Given the opportunity for individual appointments is quite tight and counsellors are not generally free to take direct phone calls, we welcome any email questions: and For Vocational Education questions, please contact


The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) have many rescheduled events. AFF Youth Online will go for two weeks from Wednesday 25 August until Wednesday 8 September. The AFF Youth Creative Industries Day, comprising of a Creative Industries Expo and Industry Sessions, will take place on Wednesday 15 September at Tandanya.

Whilst we may not be able to organise a school excursion to this event, those interested may want to attend with a family member.

General Admission ticketing: Expo only ticket: $10+BF Click here to purchase.
Industry Session tickets*: $10+BF Purchase via the links below.
*Entry to the Expo is free with the purchase of an Industry Session ticket

Creative Industries Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Held in the main room of Tandanya NACI, exhibitors include:

Industry Sessions
Running throughout the day are interactive Industry Session workshops. Each session will feature a leading screen creative from the local SA filmmaking community, who will give insight into their creative industries job and the skills, techniques and experiences required to leap ahead in your own trailblazing career!

9:45am – 10:45am – Cinematography with Daniel Charlton (Pro AV Solutions). Tickets here.

9:45am – 10:45am – A Career in Games with Hannah Murdoch (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – SFX: Prosthetic Makeup & Props (Media Makeup Academy). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – Game Design with Mark Riley & Emma Losin (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Working in VFX on Hollywood Productions with Nick Pill (Rising Sun Pictures). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Writing for Games with Francis Warner, James O’Connor and Krystle Penhall (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – The Intersection between Dance and the Screen with Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Writing and Directing Shorts with Leela Varghese (ABC TV). Tickets here.

Attendance at this day would be entirely the parents/caregivers choice as it means missing lessons and students must commit to catching up.


If you want to be inspired about careers in International Hospitality, investigate ICHM based here at Regency Park. Students can register to attend a Discovery Day to learn more. Click here for more information.

Click here to view a video of St Michael’s College old scholar, Georgia Noll (2015), who has recently graduated from ICHM with a Bachelor of Business and Hospitality Management.

Let us hope those opportunities to experience all those international placements comes around soon!


Students have now received their 2022 SATAC packages. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to view the Year 12 Parent SATAC Video and some of the live links in the PowerPoint on the Careers and VET Portal under Important Information, Careers Presentation. The video link of the student SATAC talk has been sent to all Year 12 students and the PowerPoint is also on the Careers and VET Portal.

We sent students a follow up email about opportunities for Elite Athletes, and more specific details about the grounds for ‘Individual Equity Bonus Points’ through SATAC. Individual Equity Bonus Points clarification “Means Tested Centrelink Number”. There are various categories within Centrelink which meet the eligibility requirement to apply for the five bonus points. Please click here for more information.

The applications for TAFESA opened on Monday 2 August. For some courses that become competitive during the application cycle, (i.e. more applications than places) the offers are based on date of application. Last year Nursing hit this stage in the first two weeks. As such, any student interested in applying for a TAFESA course, can book in with one of the counsellors immediately to get assistance if required. Click here for more information.

It is very important students engage in as many relevant open day events as they can and registering ASAP. Many sessions for Sunday 15 August are already booked out. See below for more information.

Students aiming for an apprenticeship or employment at the end of 2021 need to be ensuring their resumes are up to date and well “packed” with employability skills, work history and work experience. Many apprenticeships advertised on seek list a Drivers Licence as key criteria. Students have one more opportunity in the Term 3 holidays to undertake a block of Work Experience, see below for more information.


During mid-August there will also be University Open Days where students and families can check in “virtually” and in person (to be confirmed) at South Australian universities. To participate in these events, you need to register in advance.

There will be an online Open Day on 11 August from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Registration is required ASAP.
There will be an in person (to be confirmed) Open Day on Sunday 15 August. Registration is required ASAP.
There are timetabled talks and other activities. Click here for more information or visit the other helpful links below:

Resources for Year 12 students
Preference guides for undergraduate entry
Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health Admissions Guides
Pathways to university

Book in ASAP for the online Open Day on 2 August or in person (to be confirmed) Sunday 15 August at the City East/ West Campus. Click here for more information. There are many other events in person and online over the month of August. You will need to register in advance for all. They are covering a variety of courses and all the different UniSA Campuses. Please click here for more information.

Flinders have produced a link as to how to prepare to make the most of Open Days: Click here. Flinders will be stretching out their in-person and virtual online Open Days over Friday and Saturday, 13 to 14 August. There will be over 60 video presentations, virtual and in-person campus tours and prizes to be won. You are encourage to register as soon as possible by clicking here.

Virtual Open Day
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AEST)
Register: Click here

Central Queensland University has a campus here in Adelaide and offers interesting courses like Bachelor of Accident Forensics. Their interactive virtual Open Day us on Saturday 31 July. Click here for more information.

Rolling virtual open events will be held from Monday 6 September. Click here for more information.

To register for the AIE open day this Sunday 15 August, or to find out more information on AIE’s free events, please click here. They will also be talking about their new Film & Virtual Production course!

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors