VET WORK EXPERIENCE
Many VET Courses have a Work Experience component and it is important that these hours are not left to the last minute. A reminder that all students who have received Government Funding through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) Scheme must complete 70 hours of Work Experience before the end of the year. This is part of the signed contract and failure to complete the hours may result in reimbursement. Note that if a student is planning to do Work Experience in the Term 2 holidays, that all paperwork must be handed in to Mr Vizaniaris by the end of Week 7. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.
Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator
YEAR 12 VIDEOS – PREPARING FOR A JOB AND ATAR SCALING
This week in Year 12, during the extended pastoral lesson, students were encouraged to view videos available on the Year 12 portal. There is a video that complements their Pastoral Care Resource Booklet, explaining how the ATAR is calculated. In addition to this, there is a video for students who are not aiming study at a tertiary level in 2022: with 10 steps to preparing for a job offer in 2022. At this stage of the year, the Career Counsellors get many questions regarding scaling. We encourage families to check out the scaling video on the SATAC website.
FLINDERS UNI HOLIDAY ENGINEERING WORKSHOP YR 11 & YR 12 STUDENT
If you are interested in engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Electronic, Civil and Mechanical), find out about different areas in this one day workshop on Thursday 8 July at Flinders Tonsley Campus.
Click here to register ASAP.
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE OPEN DAYS
The University of Melbourne have sent their most recent update regarding their open days for interstate students. These dates are subject to changes based on COVID lockdown requirements. Click here for more information.
Bond University is a private university located on the Gold Coast. They offer a broad range of degrees, and in most study areas, run an accelerated three-trimester pathway that does not have long breaks between semesters. This means that you can complete a standard bachelor’s degree in 2 years rather than 3. Whilst courses are not Commonwealth HECS funded and appear to be more expensive, many students compete for a scholarship and the remainder of fees can be delayed under the FEE-HELP system if approved.
As a guide, the Bachelor of Journalism course has a $93,000 fee attached (without the additional living expenses to be based on the Gold Coast). But you may wish to weigh this up against scholarship opportunities, promising graduate pathways for Bond journalism graduates, the quality of teaching and learning, access to the extensive onsite facilities, and networking opportunities. As previously mentioned, students generally graduate in two years rather than three years. Please note students cannot be awarded scholarships for the study of Medicine.
A representative from Bond University will be visiting St Michael’s College this coming Tuesday and interested Year 11 and 12 students have been invited to email Ms Coorey by Monday if they wish to attend this session.
Students may wish to investigate Scholarship opportunities in this first instance. Click here for more information.
LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH AND GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES
At St Michael’s College we try and ensure that Year 9 students consider the value of continuing with a language other than English. If students are interested in an alternative subject to Italian (studied here at St Michael’s) the Adelaide School of Languages have other options available. Please click here for more information.
There are many advantages with continuing another language, in terms of future employability, intercultural understanding, and other options in South Australia within the international space and Defence industries, and as a requirement for some of the Division 1 USA Colleges. SACE reward Year 12 students with two bonus points towards their selection rank ATAR if students pass a Language other than English in Year 12.
INTERESTING CAREER RESOURCES
We remind families that we have an extensive Careers and VET Portal accessible through the black and green tile on SEQTA. There is a large amount of information, videos and other formats which detail many occupations and industries. St Michael’s encourages students to investigate the ‘For Students’ information, as shown in the image below.
APPRENTICESHIPS & TRAINEESHIPS
Many of the St Michael’s College VET students attend the Western Technical College at Rosewater. The Technical College now have a great job board which is accessible on their website. We encourage all students looking for employment to click here.
TORRENS UNIVERSITY VIRTUAL EXPO CHANGE OF DATE
Torrens University have rescheduled the virtual expo date to give students more time to register and prepare. Please be aware, there will be many Universities from Australia Wide joining in, not just Torrens University.
The new date is Friday 16 July from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm (AEST).
Students can login, ask live questions and watch live seminars anytime between 11.30 am and 7.00 pm. They also have the option to watch any seminars and presentations on-demand, as well as explore the exhibitors stands, download course guides and take virtual campus tours.
For more information and to see the full list of our exhibitors, click here.
YEAR 13 EXPO COMPETITION
The Year 13 Expo Competition has three $10,000 scholarships available. Please refer to the supplied information below:
“Still want to win one of those 3 x $10,000 scholarships? Well, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is…
- Pull out your phone
- Reverse your camera and hit record
- Answer these 2 questions:
What would you do if money was no object?
How would you use $10K to fund your future and fuel your passions?
We just want to hear what you’re passionate about! And don’t stress, we’re not gonna be judging you on how high quality your video is
Once your video is ready to go, please do the following:
- Submit your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Title the email “I DESERVE THE YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIP”
- Put in your name, age and what state you’re from
And that’s it – your entry is complete! We will stop taking submissions by 11:59pm on 9 June, so be quick!
We’ll be announcing the winners on the 21 June.”
YEAR 12 REVISION PROGRAMS JULY HOLIDAYS
St Michael’s College is blessed with very devoted Year 12 teachers who go above and beyond to maximise the learning and revision opportunities for our students. Many will run revision sessions in the upcoming July holidays.
Some students prefer to be more independent and try the private companies that run their own revision programs for profit.
We supply the links for your families own consideration. Please be aware that many companies offer a significant early bird enrolment discount.
YEAR 11 SEMESTER 2 SUBJECT CHANGES
Students who wish to consider changing subjects for Semester 2, 2021 have been invited to visit Student Services and complete the required paperwork. If students wish to consider how changes may impact on future pathways, they are invited to visit the LEC and book an appointment with Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris.
Often at this stage of the year, we see students reluctant to continue with challenging subjects and some students only wish to complete one compulsory Maths requirement. As Career Counsellors, we like to discuss with students how short-term decision making may impact on longer term success. Whilst the University courses have very few prerequisites or assumed knowledge, there is a range of subjects that do prepare students for particular success at Tertiary level. For example, students contemplating Health Sciences, PE Teaching, Nursing, and Exercise Science would be strongly encouraged to compete Yr 11 Biology. The key to planning is to look at the first-year subjects’ students would cover in their desired University Course.
Often continuing in challenging subjects requires a renewed mindset, but often contributes to broader growth and potential for higher levels of achievement in Year 12.
Students wanting to aim for traineeships and/or apprenticeships are strongly encouraged to touch base so we can check they are on the right path. The value of a relevant VET experience rates very highly for an apprenticeship.
The continuation of a full year of Year 11 maths is valuable for trade apprenticeships and TAFESA pathways as well. To access subsidised fees at TAFESA, students need to pass a CSPA Test covering writing, reading and numeracy. Hence the continuation in maths can keeps up these numeracy skills. Please click here for more information.
Students contemplating pathways in the Defence Force, and/or an American college sports scholarship need to check their pathways carefully as there are many rules regarding prerequisite subjects.
Students should be mindful of study pathways for Year 12 and are reminded that the St Michael’s Curriculum Booklet details the assumed knowledge required from Year 11 subjects. Click here for more information.
INTERESTED IN AVIATION?
Students who are interested in Aviation or the Aeronautical industry will be interested to know, Glenunga International High School will be running another Stage 1 Aviation Studies course in Semester 2. It is resulted under SACE Scientific Studies and is open for external students to apply. The Stage 1 course is recommended for Yr 10 and 11 students and it prepares students for the Stage 2 Aviation Studies course that they can complete in 2022.
This course covers the theory component of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Recreational Pilot’s Licence (RPL) and examines students in Basic Aeronautical Knowledge under the guidance of the Murray Bridge Flying School. The course incorporates the RPL into Stage 2 Scientific Studies and is concerned principally with flight operations.
If a student wants entry into the Royal Australian Air Force, to fly for a commercial airline or pursue a career in aviation, they can gain an advantage when applying for post school opportunities within the aviation industry.
Topics are focused around fixed-wing, single and twin-engine aircraft, and include aviation units and charts, aerodynamics, flight operation and performance, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, and radio navigation.
Students will use focused software and access our desktop multi-functional Synthetic Flight Trainer (SFT). This simulates different types of aircraft from basic analogue single-engine to full avionics multi-engine turbine propeller aircraft. The Flight Simulator at the ASMS is also utilised.
A recreational pilot licence authorises pilots to fly light, single-engine aircraft as the pilot in command, independently of a flying school and without supervision. (To complete the RPL students will need to complete at least 25 hours flying time, which is not part of this course but can be organised separately).
SACE Credits: Stage 1, 10 credits
Course Length: Semester
Training Day & Time: Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:30pm at Glenunga International High School
Commencement Date: Week 1, Term 3, 2021
Dress Code: School uniform
Program Cost (per student): $250 (These fees cover the course text and notes and a polo shirt for the Stage 1 course). Students are also enrolled 0.2 in the subject at GIHS. EASVA Admin fee per enrolment – $50 Department for Education schools, $100 Non-Department for Education schools.
Interested students should have B grade passes or better in maths and science subjects.
Please see Mr Woolford ASAP if you are interested.
SCHINDLER APPRENTICE INFORMATION NIGHT
Schindler is a global provider of elevators, escalators and moving walks. Apprenticeships are available as outlined below:
“Through a world class program, over four years you will take on regular structured in-house training, gain a formal electrical trade qualification and learn from a network of the industry’s leading experts. Schindler will elevate your career”.
Date: Monday, 12 July 2021
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm AEST
Click here to register.
Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors