Calendar 2020

07:00PM 04 December
Parents & Friends Picnic...
08:30PM 04 December
Scotch Film Fest
09:15AM 09 February
Week 3
Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W3...
09:15AM 18 February
Week 4
Junior School Tour (T1W04 2021)
09:00AM 25 February
Week 5
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 03 March
Week 6
Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W6...
05:00PM 13 March
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Solitaire Automotive Presents One...
09:15AM 16 March
Week 8
Junior School Tour (T1W08 2021)
09:00AM 23 March
Week 9
Middle & Senior School Tour (...
09:15AM 25 March
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Early Learning Centre Tour (T1W9...
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Academic Matters: Week 6


6 March 2020

Academic Matters: Week 6

Academic Matters: Week 6

At his address to the community recently, Michael Carr- Gregg spoke about ‘The 5 Greatest Challenges for Parents’. One was around technology and how parents can work with their children – he also applauded our Non-Mandated Personal Device policy recently developed for the College.

To help with the educative process around the safety and use of technology it is important that we all work together, and we are introducing the eSmart Digital Licence for students in our Middle School. All students have been enrolled in the program and it will be rolled out to students in the coming months. Information about the program can be found here.

The program is regularly updated and teaches students about current and changing online risks, as well as how to best manage them. There are eight modules that the students will work through and it is aligned with the Australian curriculum. The eSmart Digital Licence is endorsed by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner and was Highly Commended in the 2015 Australia and New Zealand Internet Awards (ANZIA) for Security and Safety.

Parent Teacher nights are being held at the College Monday March 16, Wednesday March 18 and Monday March 30. This gives you an opportunity to meet with the teachers and to discuss your child’s progress so far. The interviews will be conducted in the Chapel, Gratton and Cottle classrooms, please be aware that the portal is closed one business day before the meetings. Don’t forget that you can view the progress of your children in SEQTA, where teachers are giving real time feedback.

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:

  1. Higher Education (University)
  2. Vocational Education Training/TAFE
  3. 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 2020 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 $35 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 2021 (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 2021

The first session for our Year 12 students is on Friday 13 March. We will make a copy of the presentation available and encourage you to begin the important dialogue about post-secondary options.


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. 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