Taronga Zoo – A Day in the Life

On Friday the 20th of October Ms Smith and Ms Helm accompanied 13 Year 10 students on an excursion to Taronga Zoo. This excursion was organised for students interested in the fields of animal care and zoology. The zookeepers and administration workers within the facility provided us with a presentation explaining the roles and responsibilities of the team members along with the pathways girls would need to take to become successful within these roles. The zookeepers also informed us of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes and how vital their work is for the wellbeing of the animals.

Along with this, we received VIP passes to interact with animals within the zoo, learning specifically about the species and how to care for them. A highlight of this experience was the opportunity to feed these animals.

Overall, we found this excursion to be an incredible opportunity to deepen our understanding of the field of animal care and the various pathways in which we can enter these professions.

We would like to thank Ms Smith for organising this excursion and Ms Helm for coming along.


Chelsea Roxby

Year 10


Macquarie University – Pathways

The prospect of getting into university can be daunting. Particularly for those who aren’t confident they’ll achieve the required ATAR for direct entry into a bachelor’s degree.

Macquarie University offers four diplomas, a foundation and intensive program – designed so that upon successful completion students can go straight from their pathway studies into a chosen Macquarie University bachelor degree if they meet the entry requirements.  


Why choose this pathway?

Students are Macquarie students from day one and will receive personalised attention through small class sizes. By only studying two units each term students are able to deeply engage with their area of interest. To support progression and academic success students will have the option to complete free, non-credit bearing English and Mathematics Advantage Modules. 


What can students study?

Four diplomas  are available in Business, Engineering, Information Technology and Media & Communication. Students articulate into their second year of university, ideal for students who don’t want to lose any time.
Entry requirements: Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 60; or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 60.
Tuition: HECS-HELP available.

Intensive program is a fast-track program to get students on track for university study.
Entry requirements: Year 12 (or equivalent) qualification with a minimum Selection Rank of 50 or HSC (or interstate) board exam with minimum average mark* of 50.
Tuition: FEE-HELP available. 

Standard foundation program is perfect for students who need additional support before starting university. 
Entry requirements: Year 11 (or equivalent) qualification with an overall average mark* of 50.
Tuition: FEE-HELP available.


How do students apply? 

For all programs students apply via the Universities Admissions Centre

If you have any questions you can contact Student Connect via our online enquiry form or call (02) 9850


Information Days

Students choosing a university is a major decision. Information days are a great way for future students to get a taste of campus life before finalising your preferences with UAC. Info days allow students to talk with student ambassadors, staff as well as get tailored advice, attend sessions and check out what is on offer. For more details on Information Days at the university you are interested in please visit their websites and search “info day”.


Would you like to make an appointment with a careers advisor?

We welcome all students in all years

Anyone can make an appointment with a careers advisor.   We are in the office – located in the LRC – before and after school and at recess and lunch. Girls are most welcome to drop in but at times we can be busy with students, so the best thing to do is to send an email indicating your availability or drop in with your diary to schedule a time.

Please email


Careers Team

Mrs Carmel Donnan, Ms Katrina Smith and Mrs Jo Hallinan



Defence Info Sessions

24 October, 6pm – Canberra: Defence Careers Information Session
24 October, 6.30pm – Parramatta: Health Careers Information Session
25 October, 6pm – Newcastle: Officer Entry Information Session
30 October, 6pm – Parramatta: ADF Opportunities for School leavers
31 October, 6.30pm – Parramatta: Pilot Careers Information Session

Find out more and reserve your spot

Notre Dame University ‘Getting to Know Nursing’

Date: Tuesday 14 November 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration from 5:00pm)
Location: 160 Oxford St, Darlinghurst (cnr Victoria Street) ( map )
Cost: Free

Submit your application below for 2018 at the event.

Get to know what it’s really like to study Nursing at Notre Dame.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from the Dean of Nursing about:

  • nursing as a profession
  • the structure of Notre Dame’s three year Nursing program,
  • how the School of Nursing produces graduates who are highly regarded for their skills and knowledge and employed promptly in the health sector, and
  • the key time frames for starting the Nursing degree in 2018

You’ll be able to ask questions about any aspect of the Nursing program and receive application assistance if you need it.

Parents and friends are welcome to attend.

Please note that there is no parking onsite so we recommend using public transport. Oxford St is serviced by many buses and the closest train stations are either Museum or Kings Cross stations.

Register via this link

UTS Nursing Discovery Session

Date: Wednesday 15 November

Come along to one of our interactive workshops on campus. Parents, partners and friends are more than welcome to join you.

Watch the video

Register now 

Sydney Design School Info Sessions & Open Day

Open Day:

Saturday 4 November, 10am
Wednesday 15 November 2017, 6pm
Friday 24 November 2017, 1pm

Find out more 

National Summer Art Scholarship

Date: 13 – 20 January 2018

Location: Canberra, ACT

If you are in Year 11 and interested in art, you can spend a week this summer (13 – 20 January 2018) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Become one of sixteen students selected from around the nation—two from each state and territory—to participate in the National Summer Art Scholarship in 2018.

Applications close 6 November.

Find out more and apply

University of Wollongong – Global Leaders Development Program

The first of its kind in Australia, our GOLEaD Program offers the country’s best and brightest students the opportunity to gain a truly global experience.
Students will undertake a global degree and study, live, work and travel in some of the world’s most vibrant cities – gaining skills and experience that will uniquely position them to be among the most sought after graduates in the world.

You can study commerce or computer science.

Register your interest here

UNSW Info Day

Date: 16 December

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

location: UNSW Kensington Campus

With new UAC round dates for 2018 entry, get all your questions answered in time for the December Round. Attend some lectures, chat to academics and current students in the Advisory Centre or take a campus tour!

Find out more

University of Sydney – Info Day

Date: Saturday 16 December 2017

Keep up to date with the day’s activities via the link.


‘Know Your Options’ with ACU information sessions

Date: 15 December

No matter what your ATAR, there are numerous opportunities available to you for university study. ACU will host ‘Know Your Options’ information sessions on Friday 15 December from 12—3pm at both our Strathfield and North Sydney campuses.

Register now

CAASTRO Galaxy Convention – Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship

3-5 December 2017

The University of Sydney

The CAASTRO Galaxy Convention (#GalCon) is a 2-day event focused on female innovation and entrepreneurship in the STEM space. Delegates include school students, school teachers, university students, researchers and STEM business leaders. Please note that, although the event is primarily directed at women, people of all genders are very welcome to attend! Limited travel funding is available.
Female students in Years 10 – 12 are welcome to apply.

Closing date for applications is 31 October.

Find out more 

Mastering the HSC with TSFX

Sunday 12 November – University of Sydney

Saturday 18 November – University of NSW

“Mastering the HSC” is a fundraising event designed to provide students with the skills and information they need to maximise HSC marks, while also raising much needed funds for The Fred Hollows Foundation.
In just one day, you will learn how average students achieve 90+ ATAR scores, and how you can use the same strategies to reach your full potential in Year 11 and 12.

Find out more

Sydney Science Experience – Forensics Camp

10 to 12 January 2018

Students commencing year 10 or 11 can come and help solve a murder mystery on University of Sydney campus. You will employ real science – through hands-on laboratory sessions and interactive lectures to solve this crime. You will work with your fellow detectives to interview suspects and collect evidence against them. (02) 9114 0825. Info: 

Find out more

The “O” and the “P” – OT vs physio 

Professor Susan Brandis from Bond University has talked about differentiating between the “O” and “P”. That is, the difference between occupational therapy and physiotherapy via the link

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Honeywell Summer School

Date: Sunday 10 – Friday 15 December

Location: Sydney

Run by the Institution of Engineers Australia. Honeywell Engineering Summer School (HESS) aims to give NSW and ACT high school students a better understanding of what engineering is and how it works in everyday life.

Over the week, students will attend lectures and demonstrations at five prestigious NSW universities. They will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with professional engineers employed by government, private companies, researchers and academics in a wide range of engineering disciplines. Visits with industry provide a valuable opportunity to gain first-hand experience in the role of professional engineers in a wide range of activities including the management of major projects.

Applicants must be entering year 12 in a government or non-government high school in 2018. They must be studying two or more units of mathematics and a form of science, and will need to make their own travel arrangements to and from Sydney.

Registration Closes 3 December at 9am.

Find out more and apply