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Academic Matters: Week 3

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6 August 2021

Academic Matters: Week 3

Academic Matters: Week 3

Our 70 Year 11s who finished the Research Project last term have received their results back from the SACE Board. The students have done particularly well with 63% achieving in A grade band. The projects selected by the Year 11 Research Project students were wide and varied. 

Social topics included Genevieve Nixon’s recommendations to the International Law Commission to improve the reliability of eyewitness accounts internationally to reduce the likelihood of wrongful conviction and Thangam Verghese’s recommendations to the federal government to reduce the gender pay gap. Scientific topics included Jack Walter’s focus on how to manipulate the gut microbiome to improve mental health and Sam Knight’s research on how oral dysbiosis can be addressed to reduce periodontal disease.  Concussion in sport was a popular topic researched by Max McKenzie, Neeve Reimann and Gareth Thomas, while Henri Roussos produced a creative animation inspired by The Wheel of Time books. 

While we have celebrated the quality of student work produced at school, two fantastic projects have been recognised externally. 

Zoë Nunn researched how lunar mining can impact the colonisation of planetary bodies, drawing on the expertise of highly credible experts in Australia and overseas, including Justin Hardi (’00) a research engineer at the Institute of Space Propulsion at the German Aerospace Center (DLR). Her work is being edited to form a chapter in an academic publication under the supervision of Professors Volker Hessel and John Culton of the Andy Thomas Space Centre. 

Sarah Bosboom created a highly informative video that explains the initiatives the healthcare sector can take to reduce antimicrobial resistance. SA Health has hosted her video on their website as an educational resource.

 

Choices for 2022

As well as working through covid restrictions, wearing masks and juggling online learning everyone has been looking towards 2022 making decisions about their subject choices. There have been presentations to students at various levels and many students have been asking lots of questions. The recent parent presentations that have been held using webinars can be found here.

In terms of decision making, students need to be aware that choices for Year 11 can have an impact on what they do for year 12 and beyond. For example, if I was interested in studying Pharmaceutical Science at the University of SA then I would need to study Biology or Physics or Chemistry at Year 12 (as it is a prerequisite for the course), which in turn means I would need to have studied one of these at Year 11 level as well.

Students who are choosing to study a year 12 subject ahead of time, there is a process that occurs after the online subject selections. Once the subject choices are in then students will be issued with a form where they will need to explain why they are wanting to do the subject, and then gain approval from their subject teacher, and the relevant Head of Faculty, as well as parent permission. This is important as we want all students to do the very best and not just do a subject because they think that they have to.

Many students ask about the scaling of subjects. The reason for scaling of subjects is to create fairness across all subject areas in calculating an ATAR. The universities use this to help calculate a university aggregate and this is converted to an ATAR. Please see the following page for more information. There is also a video provided for more information around scaling, if you would like to view then click here.

Important events that are coming up:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews are Monday 16 August and Wednesday 18 August for year 7 -11. These will be conducted via telephone due to the recent density restrictions for covid.
  • Subject choices are due in on August 12 – if you need any help or information about the process, then please feel free to contact Deb Murray dmurray@scotch.sa.edu

 

Beyond Year 12

Belinda Sorensen and Mark Kelly have run two sessions during the week about South Australian Tertiary Admission Centre (SATAC) application sessions. If your child missed the session can they please organise to see the careers counsellors. For more information about key dates then please see here

All students should have an application “submitted” (but not finalised) by 30 September to avoid late fees. Fee is $45 and after September 30 it is $185.

The SATAC website is where students make their preferences go to My Application.

Year 11 Grades Pathways

This was introduced last year for students to give students an early conditional offer for University and we had quite a few students use this pathway. Please ensure that this process does not apply for all courses.

Adelaide University 

Students who are interested here will need to register details online before Tuesday August 24 by 5.00pm

Flinders University

Students will need to apply online and are due on September 30.

University Open Days

Universities are offering students virtual experiences as well as on campus experiences over the next few weeks. Each University is offering the experience in a different way. 

  • Adelaide University will be 15 August from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Please click here for more information and virtual tour on 11 August from 3pm – 7pm
  • Flinders University are offering both virtual and on campus experiences from 9 August –28 August. Please click here for more information
  • UniSA are offering on campus tours and experiences from 8 August to 29 August, webinars start from 9 August and study booths which contain a variety of videos and information on courses. Please click here for more information
  • Torrens University – Virtual Open Day 17 August. Please click here for more information
  • TAFE Courses – information for 2022 courses can be found here
  • CQU – Adelaide Campus. Virtual Campus tour on 14 August. Please click here for more information
  • SAIBT – information for courses 2022 can be found here

These sessions will provide excellent information for students in Year 10, 11 regarding upcoming decisions around subject choices and for Year 12 around finalising SATAC preferences. 

For students in Year 10, 11 and 12 in 2021, please find a copy of the SATAC Tertiary Entrance 2022, 2023, 2024 here as well as the SATAC guide for 2022.

It has been really good to have many students (and parents) contacting me about their choices and decisions for 2022 and beyond. Belinda Sorensen bsorensen@scotch.sa.edu.au and Mark Kelly mkelly@scotch.sa.edu.au are also available to help students.

If you have any questions about the process or need help, then please contact us.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning