The value of ‘hands on’ experience

During the holidays we had a few girls taking part in some exciting ‘hands on’ workshops and activities.

The girls who took part in these workshops outline their experience:

“On the last week of Term 2, Lucy and I took part in the UNSW Civil and Environmental Engineering Work Experience Week where Year 10 students from all around NSW spent a week learning about Civil Engineering and the variety of career paths available from studying civil engineering. Throughout the week we visited many different sites around Sydney where Civil Engineers work.

We travelled to the NSW Transport Management Centre and explored how civil engineers work to organise and maintain our state’s transport systems, the Sea Cliff Bridge in Stanwell Tops, Cronulla Waste Treatment Plant and looked into how engineers improve the treatment of waste waters. We also went to Centennial Parklands and to the developments in Barangaroo.

My favourite day was when we focused on Structural Engineering and were tasked with constructing a tower capable of withstanding strong earthquakes.

Overall, this week was highly enjoyable and I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in science, maths and design. “

Anna Hanselmann & Lucy Illek


Women in STEM

“Throughout the week we visited many different sites around Sydney which encompassed the different aspects of STEM, including civil engineering, software, firmware and mechanical engineering, medical engineering and research.

We travelled to Commonwealth Bank, Google, Cochlear, Transurban, Sydney Water, Botanic Gardens, Australian Museum and SIMS, where we talked to different people and got a taste of what it is like to work in different industries.

I enjoyed visiting the different offices, and going to Cochlear where we got to try out the different technologies. We also got a chance to try virtual reality and overall, the whole week was really enjoyable! “

Nitasha Dewan

Students are encouraged to look out for the many opportunities that are available. A couple of hours participating a workshop or speaking to people working in the field can provide a great insight into a particular career. As a result, girls often return inspired and ready to set goals or they may realise that career option is not for them, which is also a great outcome.

Many opportunities are advertised in the school newsletter, for further information please speak to one of the Careers Advisors.


Looking for work experience opportunities – can you help?

Each year  a number of girls are keen to do some work experience during their school holidays.  Having industry contacts and businesses prepared to place a student for a few days or a week is an invaluable way for our students to learn about possible careers and get a glimpse into the world of work.

We are developing a list of potential work experience contacts across a range of careers, everything from accountancy to zoo keeping and we need your help.  If your company, business or work place would be willing to place a student for work experience or if you would like further information, please email the careers office or phone on 9473 7424.


YEAR 12 – dates and deadlines

This term is a busy one in the Careers Office as Year 12 begin to make some firm decisions about courses, pathways and options for 2018 and beyond.

Below are three important schemes that all girls – and their parents – need to be aware of.  For further information, please don’t hesitate to call or email the careers office.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

The Education Access Scheme or EAS is a scheme for Year 12 students who have had their educational performance seriously affected, due to circumstances beyond their control or choosing, normally for a period of at least six months, during Year 11 and/or Year 12.

Applications Open Wednesday 2 August 2017   

All forms need to be returned to the Careers office by Friday 8 September 2017

To successfully manage the applications, if you are applying and/or would like some further information, please come to the Careers Office to discuss.


Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)

The School Recommendation Scheme (SRS) is an early offer program, managed through UAC.  A number of universities are part of this scheme, but not all courses are offered.  SRS is open to ALL students.  

Applications open Wednesday 2 August and close midnight Friday 29 September 2017

Click here for further information.


Equity Scholarships (ES)

Equity Scholarships help financially disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study.

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.

Applications open Wednesday 2 August 2017

Click here for further information.


Careers meetings

The Careers office is open every day and all students are welcome and encouraged to drop in with their diaries or send an email to book a time.  Appointments can be made before school, during lunch or after school and senior students can book during a study period.  Email us here.


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For a full and comprehensive list of options you can log on to the site below.

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Careers Team

Mrs Carmel Donnan, Ms. Katrina Smith & Mrs Jo Hallinan


Open Day Season Coming Up

Download the list of 2017 open days at all our participating institutions.

Hornsby Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo  

3:30 – 6:30pm – Wednesday 2 August 2017
Hornsby War Memorial Hall, 2 High Street, Hornsby

  • Meet training organisations and employers
  • Learn how to get an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Pick up job applications 
  • Learn interview tips 
  • Find a career that suits you

Medical Engineering at the University of Newcastle Launch

5.30pm Tuesday 22 August

UON’s has a brand-new Bachelor of Medical Engineering degree from 2018. Medical engineers are at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to healthcare problems. They bring their creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem solving skills to developing and improving technology and human systems in medical settings. You’ll also get to hear from some of our experts in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment on the amazing medical engineering projects they are working on.

In this four-year Honours degree, students will get to choose from 4 majors:

  • Medical devices
  • Medical biomechanics
  • Medical signal analysis
  • Medical computing

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Applications are now open for the UNSW Mining Summer School (UMSS) 2018

Interested in mining engineering or related career? The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is holding a Mining Summer School from 17 –19 January 2018.

This opportunity provides a unique introduction to the Mining and Minerals Industry, informs students about study and career options within this industry, thus allowing you to make informed future decisions.

For more information and to apply please click here.

Veris Women in Engineering Scholarship UNSW

The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage a female high school leaver to undertake a degree in Surveying and/or Geospatial Engineering by offering assistance of $10,000 p.a. for 4 years. The scholarship commences on January 1, 2018 and concludes 31 December 2021.

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The University of New England (UNE)

The University of New England (UNE) has made an important change to its course codes. When applications open in August, the UNE course codes printed in the UAC Guide 2017–18 will be displayed on the UAC website as full-time offerings, and new course codes will be generated for part-time offerings. We recommend prospective students use the course search on UAC’s website to find the correct course code for their desired mode of study.

For further information, phone 1800 818 865.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) Info Day 2017

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is coming to Sydney on Saturday 26 August to bring you all the information you need on our courses, accommodation options, scholarships, support services and more. Join CSU at the Powerhouse Museum and find out why so many students are interested in choosing to study at a CSU regional campus. We will have experts on hand to answer all your questions about living on campus, the fantastic one-on-one support available at CSU, and the exciting range of courses on offer from education to business, communications, health and more.

Register now

University of Tasmania Taster Days in Sydney

University of Tasmania are opening their doors to our Sydney campuses in Rozelle and Darlinghurst with a series of hands-on workshops so you can experience what it will be like to study Nursing or Paramedic Practice at the University of Tasmania.

There will also be information sessions and expert advice available so you can learn more about a career in health.

Nursing Workshops – Rozelle Friday 25 August 3-7pm and Darlinghurst Saturday 26 August 12-4pm

Paramedic Practice Workshops – Rozelle Friday 25 August 3-7pm

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New courses at University Of Wollongong (UOW) South Western Sydney campus
From 2018 UOW will be offering the following programs at our South Western Sydney campus in Liverpool.

The above programs have only recently been approved for delivery at this campus, and are not in the UAC Guide 2017–18.  For more information about each program and the new UOW South Western Sydney campus, visit

Other new courses at UOW

Global Honours Program – ATAR 95
UOW will be accepting its first cohort of students to study a unique program packed full of travel and internships. Designed for high-achieving students with an ATAR of 95 and above, our Global Honours program offers an Australian-first opportunity for the country’s best and brightest to gain a truly global experience.

As part of this degree, students will study and live in some of the world’s most vibrant cities—Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore—to gain real-world skills that will uniquely position them to be among the most sought-after graduates in the world.

For more information about this program, visit the UOW Coursefinder.

Bachelor of Sustainable Communities – ATAR 75
The Illawarra region provides an outstanding urban and regional living laboratory for this new degree, where students will explore the challenges of developing and maintaining sustainable communities. The Bachelor of Sustainable Communities is a multidisciplinary degree that provides students with an understanding of the challenges facing communities, and the ability to manage them in a volatile world. Students will gain career-relevant skills in a practical setting, and have the opportunity to learn first-hand how other countries are seeking to create and maintain sustainable communities. Our technology-integrated learning ensures students will graduate with the skills to excel.

For more information about this program, visit the UOW Coursefinder.

UOW Early Entry

UOW Early Admission program will be offered again in 2017; applications will open on Tuesday August 1. The UOW Early Admission program enables high achieving and motivated students to receive an offer to study at UOW based on their academic performance and commitment to study during Years 11 and 12. Successful applicants will receive notice of the outcome of their application before they sit their HSC exams, and receive an offer in the UAC November round on 16 November 2017.

The basics:

  • All students completing Year 12 in 2017 and receiving an ATAR, IB (or equivalent) are eligible, and encouraged to apply for UOW Early Admission
  • All UOW undergraduate degrees will be offered, including special programs for high-achieving students. Students will be able to apply for up to two UOW degrees. Indicative criteria for each degree is listed on the UOW Early Admission website:
  • Applications will only be accepted via the UOW Early Admission website: from 9am Tuesday, 1 August.
  • Students will be assessed by UOW according to their academic performance and a compulsory interview
  • Successful applicants will be made a formal offer to study through the UAC November Round: Thursday 16 November 2017.

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Sydney Scholars Awards Opens Tuesday 1 August 

The Sydney Scholars Awards offers Year 12 students commencing their studies in 2018 the opportunity to apply for scholarships ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 per year in value and awarded in duration from one year, up to 5 years (including combined undergraduate degrees). Must be for study at the University of Sydney.

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University of Notre Dame Sydney Suburb Info Evenings

Baulkham Hills – 7 August 2017
Campbelltown – 9 August 2017
Auburn – 15 August 2017
Liverpool – 16 August 2017
Northern Beaches – 17 August 2017

Call in anytime between 4pm and 7pm.

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The Hotel School Scholarships

The Hotel School recognises talent and invests in the development of high-potential
students interested in a degree in Hotel Management. The Hotel School annually selects
8 recipients who demonstrate potential to become future leaders in the industry.

Applications Close 22 September 

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Considering Living on Campus next year?

Read all about it here.

Student Exchange Australia and New Zealand: New Volunteer and Community Involvement Scholarships

These scholarships are open to students who are actively involved in their community and have a desire to help build the community and make a difference to the people around them.
Successful scholarship applicants receive a substantial discount on the normal fee program.

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The Simpson Prize

Closes 10 November

The Simpson Prize is a national writing competition for Year 9 and 10 students interested in Australian history. The competition encourages participants to explore the significance of the Anzac experience and what it has meant for Australia.

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