Calendar 2021

07:00PM 05 August
College Musical
Beauty and the Beast: The Musical
11:30AM 12 August
Madagascar: Junior School Musical
09:15AM 18 August
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Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W5...
09:00AM 19 August
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 24 August
Junior School Tour (T3W06 2021)
09:15AM 09 September
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T3W08 2021)
09:00AM 14 September
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 16 September
Week 9
Early Learning Centre Tour (T3W9...
09:15AM 19 October
Week 2
Junior School Tour (T4W02 2021)
09:00AM 27 October
Week 3
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 28 October
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W3...
09:15AM 11 November
Week 5
Junior School Tour (T4W05 2021)
09:15AM 17 November
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T4W6...
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Academic Matters: Week 5


26 February 2021

Academic Matters: Week 5

Academic Matters: Week 5

At the moment all of our students from Year 3 – 10 are providing feedback to our teachers. This is the sixth year that we have used the PIVOT process and this feedback provides the teachers with really useful information like making specific changes to teaching practice and working with other teachers to discuss and develop learning strategies.

The second round is conducted in Term 3 and it’s here that we are able to use the information to provide guidance for our professional learning. From last year’s feedback this year we are concentrating on technologies in the classroom.

Parent teacher nights are coming up March 15, 25 and 29 and information has been sent out to all parents last Monday. We will be conducting them on campus again and including more spaces – The library and Willsmore classrooms. We ask you to follow the covid safe arrangements – sign in using the QR code, use sanitizer, respect social distancing (avoid handshaking) and if you are unwell please let us know.

The last few weeks our staff have been setting assessments and providing feedback to students about their learning. Please take the time to logon to SEQTA and see the progress comments at this stage and don’t forget that you can download the SEQTA Engage app for your mobile devices. If you have any concerns about the progress of your child then please contact the Head of House, Head of Faculty or myself.

Teresa Hanel
Deputy Principal - Teaching and Learning


Beyond Scotch

There are essentially three options for students at the end of their secondary education. These are:

  • Higher Education (University)
  • Vocational Education Training/TAFE
  • The workforce

Entrance into university courses requires completion of the SACE, attainment of a competitive Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), and possibly also fulfilment of course specific entrance criteria (such as the UCAT, an audition, submission of a portfolio, attendance at an interview, etc).

The VET/TAFE sector has different entrance criteria and often involves the completion of Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV or Diploma courses. These courses can lead to either direct employment opportunities in industry or trades or can also lead to further education entrance into Bachelor degrees at university.

The workforce requires students to have an up-to-date resumé, be prepared for an interview and may include on the job training. Some students also choose to undertake a gap year to travel, work and consider their options.


Applying for University

Applications for the 2021 academic year will open in the first week of August around Australia. Applications are processed by an administrative organisation in each state. Students may apply to as many states for university entrance as they wish – these applications are all independent of each other and have a processing fee of approximately $85 per state.

The websites for applications in each state are:

Students may apply for up to 6 – 8 different university courses in each state, with the opportunity to keep adding, deleting and re-ordering their preferences for courses until early January 2022 (for domestic students). This allows them the opportunity to make informed final decisions about their university applications when they have their final Year 12 results from the end of this year.


Preparing for Applying to University

Scotch students will be presented with information about:

  • how to search for university courses
  • the timeline of the application process
  • how bonus points work in South Australia
  • checking for prerequisite subjects and assumed knowledge
  • how to compare university courses
  • university fee structures
  • how to research accommodation and scholarship opportunities
  • how to manage their preferences
  • responding to offers in January/February 2022

We have spoken to the Year 12 students at the beginning of the year and please find a copy of that presentation here


Alternative Pathways 

Last year Adelaide University and Flinders University provided opportunities for students to have an additional entry option based on Year 11 results. Adelaide University information can be found here  and when the information for Flinders is made available, we will let the students know.  More and more universities are now looking at direct applications – ANU is one institution and please see here for more information.


Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine – Adelaide University

From next year, the linked Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at Adelaide University are being replaced with the Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine (BMD). The integrated BMD program lifts the already world-top-100-ranked Medicine program even higher:

  • In the same timeframe, students will now graduate with an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 7 qualification and a masters-level AQF 9, as opposed to the previous AQF level 7 only.
  • The curriculum has been refreshed to include new courses that cover topics such as personalised medicine, modern diagnostics, health and society, and professionalism and leadership.
  • In first semester students will undertake a new course, Foundation Medical Studies, which aims to help with their transition from secondary school to a highly complex medical program.
  • Students will have direct contact with real patients from year one.
  • There is a significant research component, ensuring graduates are equipped with highly sought-after skills in establishing an evidence base for their practice.
  • Internationally, the Doctor of Medicine is a widely used and registrable entry-level qualification, allowing greater recognition in Asia and North America.

Please see the website for more information about possible new courses. Scotch offers interview preparation training for any Year 12 student who is offered an interview in the undergraduate medical program. Just let the Careers Counsellors know when you receive your invitation to an interview to take part in this preparation.

A reminder to students - we are available to meet with students at any stage during the year. Students in Cameron, Campbell and Stewart are asked to contact Mrs Belinda Sorensen, while students in Douglas, Gordon and McGregor are asked to contact Mr Mark Kelly.

Belinda Sorensen and Mark Kelly
Careers Counsellors