Cranbourne East Secondary College Newsletter

01 April 2020
From the Principal 
General Information
RGAR Awards
Year 7/8 News 
Year 9/10
Year 11/12
School Clubs
Performing Arts
Careers & Pathways
Sports Pathway Program
Community Events & News
Cranbourne East Secondary College
(03) 5990 0200
50 Stately Drive
Cranbourne East, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal 


We couldn't be prouder of our school community at this time. Our staff are going above and beyond to not only teach their full load of classes, plan online resources and curriculum for the possibility of a school closure, but they are also supporting students, who are already self isolating by parent choice, to continue learning from home. Our students are facing each day with resilience and empathy for others. We appreciate the patience and understanding of parents as we all try to manage the unpredictability and daily challenges of this situation.


Mandee Strickland


General Information


Information relating to COVID-19 is being shared through Compass News Items which will arrive as an email and a push notification to smart devices. If you are unable to access Compass please contact the College, 03 5990 0200.


Please refer to the Department of Health and Human Services for detailed information.

Curriculum Days

The Deapartment of Education has declared the 27th of March and 14th of April as student-free Curriculum Days.

Schools' privacy policy

The Department of Education and Training (which includes all Victorian government schools, central and regional offices) values the privacy of every person and is committed to protecting information that schools collect.


All staff including contractors, service providers and volunteers of the Department, and this Victorian government school (our school), must comply with Victorian privacy law and this policy.

In Victorian government schools the management of ‘personal information’ and ‘health information’ is governed by the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic) and Health Records Act 2001 (Vic) (collectively, Victorian privacy law).


This policy explains how our school collects and manages personal and health information, consistent with Victorian privacy law.

RGAR Awards

Recent Individual Award Winners





 BUKSH, Fadhilah


Community & Leadership


 Ward, Olympia


Community & Leadership


 CARTER, Estelle


Arts & Clubs




Arts & Clubs


Category Top 10

Sports & Recreation


1 MATHUGAMAGE, Manula Year 11 440
2 MCDONALD, Paige Year 8 380
3 ROBILLIARD, Abbie Year 11 360
3 DREW, Nathan Year 11 360
5 MAYER, Stella Year 8 320
5 MACNAMARA, Luci Year 10 320
7 FLEINER, Sophie Year 10 310
7 HUSSAINI, Tamanna Year 9 310
9 SIVAGNANASUNDARAM, Janakan Year 8 300
9 DUNCAN, Taylor Year 8 300




1 DUYVESTYN, Jorja Year 8 650
2 MAYER-GARTH, Maddisen Year 8 600
3 CERNA, Layla Year 8 550
3 HANCOCK, Jade Year 8 550
5 MENHEERE, Daniel Year 10 500
5 VAN ROEST, Tara Kate Year 8 500
5 SINGH, Jasmine Year 8 500
5 DE SILVA, Kenisha Year 9 500
5 MHIZHA, Nathan Year 8 500
5 MUJKANOVIC, Adna Year 8 500


Community & Leadership


1 WARD, Olympia Year 12 2200
2 ASHBY, Aisha Year 12 1800
3 ROBILLIARD, Abbie Year 11 1560
4 SCANDOLERA, Samuel Year 12 1500
5 EDWARDS, Ronan Year 11 1270
6 BUKSH, Fadhilah Year 10 1020
7 CERNA, Layla Year 8 920
8 MAUIGOA, Sinalei Year 12 880
9 RICHARDS, William Year 9 830
10 SHAILESH, Shreya Year 11 760


Arts & Clubs


1 EDWARDS, Ronan Year 11 5800
2 BOTT, Aurora Year 11 5490
3 TITFORD, Alexandria Year 11 5440
4 ROBILLIARD, Abbie Year 11 5300
5 GIESEN, Chloe Year 12 4990
6 WOODFORD, Caitlin Year 11 4660
7 PETERS, Lucas Year 11 4490
8 GEORGE, Mitchell Year 11 4130
9 SINNOTT, Kristene Year 11 3960
10 MACFADYEN, Reece Year 8 3140

Year 7/8 News 

Year 7 Camp

On Monday 24th of February, the Year 7’s headed to Campaspe Downs in Kyneton for their 3 day orientation camp. The weather was fine and all of the students were very excited about their first camp as secondary college students.


During the Camp, the students were involved in a number of outdoor activities and were able to build relationships and meet new students who they hadn’t previously spent any time with. All of the students were really well behaved and staff were clearly able to see new friendships being made and the smiles on the student’s faces, showed how much of a good time they were all having.

Some of our students wrote about their favourite memories of camp-


My favourite memory of camp was the leap of faith and the possum glider. It was fun because we got to climb up the pole and reach the platform, which was our goal. Once we were up there, we had to jump off and hit the balloon. Next to the leap of faith was the possum glider. One person put on a harness and was attached to all of the ropes. The rest of the group needed to run and the person in the harness was lifted high up into the air. When we were up high, we had to try and throw beanbags into the buckets below. I got one in, so that was really cool. In between activities we got afternoon tea, which was a type of fruit cake, it was amazing.

Arshiya 7M


We woke up and got ready for the long day ahead of us. 4 awesome activities waiting for us and I could not wait. Teachers came to our cabins, telling us to go line up at the dining room for breakfast. We got in the dining hall and the food smelt so good! Toast, cereal, yoghurt, fruit, the list goes on, they had everything and it was the best. We went for our first 2 activities and then came back for lunch.

Once again, we lined up, trying to resist the smell of mouth-watering baked potatoes. A couple more activities later and it was time for dinner. We had spaghetti with all sorts of salads, corn and garlic bread and for dessert, we had ice cream. It was one of the best dinners I’ve ever had and I will never forget the great food on camp.


Oliver.D 7E


On the first day at Campaspe downs, we went canoeing for our first activity. We partnered up and pushed our canoes into the water. We practiced up canoeing and teamwork skills. We played so many games. The first game was tag, second one was Zombie invasion. The last game was basketball. There were two teams and the goal was the boat where the instructor was. It was so much fun when Mrs. Taneja fell in, in the spirit of the game. Amazing camp overall!


Bimali 7G


On the 24th of February, we left CESC to go on a three day camp. At the camp, we did activities such as leap pf faith, possum glider, canoeing and many more. Possum glider was my favourite activity because everyone had to work together to hoist you up in the air. In our activity groups, you got the chance to make new friends. After possum glider, we were all really hyper and excited for the other activities. Everyone in our group was talking about the possum glider for the rest of the day. Camp was so much fun and I cannot wait for our next one.


Jorja 7F


My favourite memory was seeing Miss Aust do the Leap of Faith. She climbed up to the top, but it took so long for her to jump off. I think she got scared. We kept counting 1,2,3 jump, but she wouldn’t jump. Eventually she just did some weird fall. It was really funny.


Mrs Taneja going on the Flying Fox was really funny. She came flying in, lost her hat and then when she was landing, she lost both of her shoes! Hahah!



Year 8 News

Term One has been a positive start to 2020 for our Year 8 students.

As a year level, we have been focusing on the positives that happen every day within our classrooms and throughout the college. In our Home Groups, students have been discussing their hopes for the year and getting to know their Home Group teacher and peers. They have been competing throughout the term for RGAR points to earn the top spot in our RGAR challenge! With two weeks to go, the top spot is still up for grabs! Along with this, every Thursday our Home Groups have been taking part in challenges to help them come together as a group and achieve success. The ladder out the front of the Year 8 Office has been a focal point for viewing the last few weeks, as Home Groups move up and down based on their efforts. We have also started a wall to display all the positive behaviours occurring within our classrooms across the year level.


As a team, we are looking forward to continuing the positive start that our Year 8s have made to 2020 and seeing how they continue to grow over the course of the year.



Mr Leslie

Year 8 Level Leader


Year 9/10

Message from Assistant Principal

As we near the end of Term 1, I have been thoroughly impressed with the pride students have taken with their learning, attendance, uniform and behaviour. I have enjoyed visiting classes in the past few weeks and found students happily engaged with their education and producing a high standard of work. Please remember that Term 2 sees the winter uniform being worn.  Please use the term holidays to purchase any required items.


This term has seen the Year 9 students being busy undertaking P2S activities which includes completing their first City Experience where students attended the Melbourne Magistrates Court, completed related activities and a scavenger hunt in the surrounding area. Year 9 students also completed their Morrisby assessment and interview. In addition, students attended the Mock Interview as part of their P2S Assessment. It was pleasing to see the majority of students “dress to impress” and take the interviews seriously. I would like to thank Annabel Bond for all of her organisation and planning to make the 1st Term of P2S such a success for the Year 9 students.



I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break and I look forward to seeing you in Term 2.


Penni Roe

Years 9 & 10 Assistant Principal

Year 10


Year 10 students have had a busy start meeting the expectations of the year 10 teachers. Students are settled into their electives and new homegroups.

Well done to the students who represented the school for sporting events this year. It is fantastic to see so many students being actively involved in the school community.

We have students completing VET and Precal courses off campus this year. This requires an amount of independence and organisation from the students. Keep up the good work of proudly representing your school year 10s!

Congratulations to the students nominated by their classmates to be class captains. We all look forward to you all running assemblies and organising year level events in 2020.


Year 9 City Experience

On the 21st 23rd and the 24th of February, Year 9 students participated in going to the city for Humanities. Students met with peers and teachers at the Cranbourne train station at 8-oclock and this gave students and teachers 23 minutes to get their names marked off, top up their Myki cards and relaxed before the train ride.


Students went straight to the city and were respectful to others on the train offering their seats and their gratitude towards everyone. Once the train arrived students went in a single file line and went into the city leaving the train station. Once everyone was together the teachers led the students in front of a court to tell them what was going to happen on the day. Students were told to go to the  Immigration museum, the State library, and then to see a court case in the Magistrates' court.


On this day students were shocked by some of cases they saw, for example when a Vietnamese individual was framed for cannabis and deported for overstaying thei visa. Students behaved well, everyone was pleased with the day and would do it again.

- Mo Milosevic, Year 9 Captain


Year 9 Mock Interviews

Following a successful start to year 9, students have been provided the opportunity to learn how to thrive in the workplace. Not only has this term’s learning been circled around the importance of careers, but also how to improve their chances concerning the application and interviewing process of a job. Various aspects have been covered such as the appropriate formal wear when arriving for an interview, polite verbal and non-verbal gestures. Once taught, students have been able to apply this in a practice mock interview. These interviews were put in place in order to prepare for a formal mock interview in the coming weeks. During this interview, students are to be assessed on their choice of clothing and how well they verbally present answers to similar questions in a real job interview. A few examples of the questions asked include:

  • What are your strengths?
  • What makes you the best for this position?
  • Can you provide an example of when you have shown initiative and how that may be applicable within this job?

Along with answering these questions, it is also important to introduce yourself and pay attention when speaking with the employer. Being able to overcome small gestures that may display nervousness or uncertainty are an important part of taking part in an interview.  Examples of these could be lack of eye contact, fidgeting, a slouched back, etc.

In terms of the choices of clothing, it is recommended that boys attend wearing either a suit or button up top and dressy pants. For girls, a dress with a jacket, or a skirt and blouse is suitable.

- Will Richards, Year 9 Captain


Good luck with the interviews!


Year 11/12

Key Dates


24 - End of Term 1 (2:30pm Finish)


15 - Term 2 Starts


8 - Queen’s Birthday Holiday (no classes running)

26 - End Term 2

Year 11 News - VCAL

VCAL Homework Club 

VCAL Homework Club runs on Tuesday’s after school from 3:10pm to 4:10pm, in OP01/OP02. This is an excellent opportunity for you to come along and receive extra support with your schoolwork. It is very important that you work productively during these sessions and maximise the time available.  This is a supervised session where one or more VCAL teachers will be available to help you with your work. 

Consent forms for VCAL Homework Club are available from Mrs. Greenwood in the Year 11 office.

Year 11 News - VCE

Elevate Study Sensei

Year 11 VCE students participated in an elevate education session, improving their study and revision tips as well as effective note taking and mind mapping skills. Students were all engaged in the session and took on board positive steps to improve revision. 


VCE Homework Club

VCE Homework Club runs on Wednesday’s after school from 3:15pm to 4:15pm in the Yellow Open Space. This is an excellent opportunity for students  to come along and receive extra support with their subjects. This is a supervised session with various teachers and if you have any queries please contact Mr Donnelly.


Sporting News

Best of luck to Shaun Warren who will be representing the State in Athletics in Queensland from the 20th March. Good Luck Shaun!

Northern Territory Tour

Northern Territory Tour is fast approaching, thank you to the families who have kept up to date with payments (see payment plan below). There is a meeting next with students to go over medical forms, equipment list and T-Shirt sizes. If you have any queries regarding the camp don’t hesitate to contact Elise Corney.




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Friday 21st February



Friday 20th March



Friday 17th April



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Year 11 Year Level Captains

Congratulations to our Year 11 Year Level Captains Abbie Robilliard and Helish Patel


HG Captains

Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded Homegroup Captains for 2020.

11A Eronlini Tafiti and Roymond Dungca

11B Chris Saba

11C Keiana Van Cuylenburg

11D Sophie Groves

11E Jay Patel

11F Rachel Smith

11G Tahlia Hinsen

11H Blessia Selveraj

11I  Chloe Isgro

Year 12 News - VCAL

VCAL and the Hunt Club Retirement Village

During 2020 the Year 12 VCAL students will work with the Hunt Club Retirement Village. This is the third year that we have undertaken this project. Students begin in Term 1 by building friendships with the residents. In Term 2 students interview residents and learn from the wisdom of their lives. In Term 3 students build upon their relationships with these generous men and women by writing the residents biography and present this to them at an afternoon tea.


This year long journey began on the 20th of February with our first group of VCAL students organising a BBQ lunch, this was followed up on the 10th of March with the Year 12s making a pancake breakfast for the residents. This also involved a tour of the Retirement Village, a game of pool and some vigorous conversation. The students walked away very energised and looking forward to future visits with our friendly and amazing local retirement community.


VCAL Li’l Coffee Shop

In 2020 our Year 12 VCAL students will operate the Li’l Coffee Shop, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday throughout the school term. Through participation in this process students have the opportunity to learn about operating a business, which includes skills such as OHS regulations, Barista Skills, Book Keeping, ordering, service and sales. These are all great employability skills to take into the future. Students work in teams of three each lunch time, one taking ordering, one taking on delivery and one conducting the Barista role. Teachers are there for guidance and support, but this enterprise is completely student driven. Students have now been operating for 5 weeks and I have it on expert authority that they make a great coffee and hot chocolate. Students are about to expand their business starting with a digital ordering system.


VCAL Homework Club 

VCAL Homework Club runs on Tuesday’s after school from 3:10pm to 4:10pm, in OP01/OP02. This is an excellent opportunity for you to come along and receive extra support with your schoolwork. It is very important that you work productively during these sessions and maximise the time available.  This is a supervised session where one or more VCAL teachers will be available to help you with your work. 

Consent forms for VCAL Homework Club are available from Mrs. Greenwood in the Year 11 office.

Fantastic to see our VCE and VCAL students attending study club every Tuesday (VCAL) and Wednesday (VCE).


VCAL Certificate Presentation

Congratulations to the following students in Year 12 VCAL who successfully met the requirements of the VCAL Certificate level they were enrolled in during 2019 when completing Year 11. These students were presented with these official VCAA issued Senior Secondary Certificates on Thursday March 12th during period 5. It was lovely to have so many family members join us on this special occasion to share in this wonderful achievement. 


Congratulations to the following students:

Gian Abuel

Tamana Alizad

Mustafa Arsala

Aisha Ashby

Aliah Bahrami

Faisal Bilal

Omer Coruk

Jemma Dawson

Jayde Duncan

Angelina Dunlop

Jayden D’Graca

Brent Eckhardt


Trinity Montagu- Leigh

Deanne Muller

Sharara Papal

Stephanie Portelli

Olivia Ramet

Jayden Rudd

Aryan Sharma

Chloe Dalton

Dean Steel

Kyla Toms

Samuel Trbojevic

Sage Tully

Vaiana Vaiimene

Akira Vongprachan

Alexis Watts

Chloe Webster



Lovelle Fesolai

Grace Hallmark

Kynan Karika

Mohammad Kheirkhah

Emily Knevitt

Hannah Lawson

Jake Massey

Zach Matthews

Sinalei Mauigoa

Jade McBride

Aaliyah Michel

Sarah Mohr



Year 12 News - VCE

Year 12 Student Leadership

We are proud to announce our school captains, vice captains and class captains who working collaboratively to provide students with the opportunity to voice their opinion, discuss any concerns that individuals or classes may have and build a positive school environment.


School Captains

  • Olympia Ward

  • Aisha Ashby

  • Saige Dupuy

Vice Captains

  • Sam Scandolera

  • Nyapout Thon

  • Jude Melarpis

Year 12 Leaders

  • Sinalei Mauigoa

  • Olatomi Adeyemi

Year 12 class captains

  • 12A Vaiana Vaiimene and Emily Knevitt

  • 12B Carrie Lake and Sam Trbojevic

  • 12C Lachlan Garwood and Conor McQuillan

  • 12D Erika Leuterio & David Nguyen

  • 12E Beth Coburn & Anparasan Pirabakaran

  • 12F Amy Hancock & Christopher Fernando

  • 12G Tash Kumar & Diya Sidhu

  • 12H Viktoria Rehakova & Nathan Nekelo

Special examination arrangements

A reminder that applications are due by the end of the term. Please contact Kelly Jessop if you cannot meet this deadline.  See information below:


Students are eligible for Special Examination Arrangements if it can be demonstrated that their capacity to access a VCE external assessment is impaired due to a:

´  severe health impairment

´  significant physical disability

´  hearing impairment

´  vision impairment

´  specific learning disorder (previously referred to as learning disability)

´  severe language disorder.


Applications for Special Examination Arrangements for each student must be made through appropriate school personnel, be endorsed by the principal and be supported by recent medical or other specialist reports.


Sporting Achievement

Best of luck to Sam Trbojevic of 12B who will be representing Victoria in the Australian Mens (U20) and Mixed Netball Championships in Adelaide in April. We are very proud of you and wish you every success.



Digital Technology in 2020

Term 1 has seen Year 9 and 10 Digital Technology classes booming with engagement and creativity on the back of key curriculum. Students have delved into real-world issues surrounding computer hardware, cyber security, robotics and artificial intelligence.


Susan below, has had great success learning about the processes of 3D printing and how it can affect real-world industries in apparel and jewellery.


Moving into Term 2, Digital Technology classes will focus on Software Programming and 3D/2D App Development.

Cyber Security

During term 1 students discovered how easy it is to phish personal information as part of the cyber security topic. This video reveals the magic behind the magic, making people aware of the fact that their entire life can be found online. And by doing so urging everybody to be vigilant. Tips for safely using online services such as banking can be found on



Careers Spotlight

Digital technology curriculum directly relates to real-world careers and jobs. In this month's newsletter we're focusing on Network Professionals. Here's some quick facts:

  • Savvy Computer Network Professionals can expect salaries in the range of $100-$150k.
  • Only 8% of Computer Network Professionals in Australia are women.

Find out more below.


Tool of the Month

Microsoft Office 365

Price: Free for students and education staff

Victorian government schools provide students and staff with access to Microsoft Office 365 at no cost through the Department which include access to all of their apps including Word, Excel, Access, OneNote, Outlook and more.


Start accessing Office 365 here:

Student username:

Student password: same as compass

Download Parent Information Pack.



The importance of reading

As we find ourselves in unfamiliar times, encourage your child to pick up a book each day and escape, if only for a little while, from the confines of their room. Reading not only reinforces literacy learning but allows their imagination to take them beyond the front door.




School Clubs

Magic Club - First Tournament of the Year

Within the Magic the Gathering club a tournament is in the works! Soon, any members of the MTG club will be able to battle against each other in a competitive, yet fun style. The tournament will be based off the basic MTG rules, but with some twists and turns! The new tournament rules are as follows:


  1. The tournament will begin with a draft, meaning that players will open sealed packs for cards to use to build their own deck suited to their playstyle and available resources from the packs. These packs only include common and uncommon cards, so there’s no need to worry about overpowered cards! No Cyclonic Rifts here!
  2. Players will create a 40-card deck (including lands) with the cards they have gained built around a certain theme, colour combination and strategy.
  3. Players will select a Commander for their deck. A Commander is any legendary creature. Your Commander is kept separate from your deck in the “Command Zone” and can be cast at any time! Beware, as once your commander dies and is sent back to the Command Zone it costs 2 more mana of many colour. So be strategic!


You can use a cards you have gotten from the sealed packs. However, the deck you have created MUST have the all same mana colours as shown on your Commander’s cost and textbox.


Members of MTG club and myself are preparing for the tournament by practicing our skills, thinking of any strategies that may appear and what to expect from our opponents. There is also a prize to be given out to the champion of the tournament, so hone your skills as a player for a chance to win the reward!


Hopefully, with more funding for the club, we will be able to conduct more tournaments in the future as well as have more prizes available for the champions and runner-up prizes.


I hope to see you on the battlefield, Planeswalker!

- Jay White, Year 11


Diversity Club

Early this term Diversity Club was host to Pauline Richards who is the Member of Parliament for the seat of Cranbourne. Ms. Richards spoke of inclusion and the importance of having representation, and offered her support in ensuring that the LGBT+ community continues to remain visible in our greater community. This is a very important message for students of diversity club to hear, and her support is greatly welcomed. Moving forward, Diversity Club hopes to expand our network of support with the assistance of Ms. Richards, and improve our visibility within the community. 


From next week onwards Diversity Club will be having a change of location to facilitate our growing attendance and will now be located in OP05 and OP06. Students are invited to join us to help plan for IDAHOBIT day which will take place in term 2 and is aimed at showing support to gender diverse members of our school community.Psychologist, 



At Cranbourne East Secondary School, we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for everyone that builds and promotes a sense of belonging and resilience for all students.

Our school is committed to building a secure learning environment where all students feel culturally, emotionally and physically safe, reflecting the school values of Respect, Growth, Achievement and Responsibility. We achieve this through our enthusiastic student and staff participation in celebrating and raising awareness of health and wellbeing events such as Harmony Day and National Action Day Against Bullying and Violence.

You are an important part of our work to prevent bullying and to respond effectively if it happens! Stopping bullying involves everyone.

Here are some tips on what to do if your child talks to you about bullying.  Parents know their children best and know the best way to tailor communication to their needs. Adapt these tips to what works for you and your child.

If your child talks to you about bullying:

  1. Listen calmly and get the full story. Your calm response is important to allow your child to tell you all about the situation.  After they have told you their story, ask questions to get more details if you need, who, what, where, when.  Although you may feel some strong emotions about your child’s experience, try to keep calm to avoid more distress to your child.
  2. Reassure your child they are not to blame. Many children blame themselves and this may make them feel even worse. You could say things like, ‘That sounds really hard to deal with. No one should have to put up with that.’ or ‘I’m so glad you told me. You should be able to feel safe at school; that’s not fair at all’.
  3. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. A critical part of your response is to avoid jumping in to solve the problem.  While it is natural to want to protect your child, helping them to find their own solution is a better option.  It helps them feel they have some power in the situation.
  4. Visit to find some strategies. The website has tips and ideas for different bullying situations. One idea is to practise strategies at home to help your child feel more confident.
  5. Contact the school. Your child may be reluctant for you to do this, so discuss the idea and reassure them that the school would want to know and is able to help. Make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher and, if you need to, ask to talk with the principal. Contact the school immediately if you have a concern about your child’s safety. 
  6. Check in regularly with your child.  Keep the conversation ongoing. It can take time to resolve issues, so check in regularly with your child about their experiences and their feelings.  Your ongoing support is important.

You may like to access further school information on bullying prevention by navigating to the following school link on Bullying Prevention Policy


Thank you for your support to make Cranbourne East Secondary School a great school for everyone.


Cranbourne East Secondary College Wellbeing Team

Performing Arts

2020 CESC Production- Be More Chill

We've had a huge start to the year with the launch of our 2020 Production- Be More Chill!

We were blown away by the talent that came through the auditions. We currently have a cast of 60 very enthusiastic students ranging from Years 7-12! We're very excited about this year's production!!

Our rehearsals are off to a flying start- we already have a couple of songs and dances learnt.

This year is going to be a big year for us, for the first time we will be performing our production with a full band!

Later in the year we will be putting a call out to any students, staff members and parents who are interested in helping out with our annual production working bee. This will include making props, painting sets and constructing costumes! If this is something you'd be interested in helping out with, please let either Jess Latchford or Rebecca Grey know via email, or by contacting the school. 


School Ensembles

CESC are now currently offering students the opportunities to be in Year Level Ensembles. The ensembles that we currently offer are:

  • Choir
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Year 7 Band
  • Year 8 Developing Band
  • Year 8 Experienced Band
  • Year 9 Band
  • Year 10/11 Band

    Being involved in one of these ensembles is a great opportunity to improve your playing skills and meet other people who play music. If you have not expressed your interest, but would still like to be involved, please see Mr. Hobson in the Year 7 office. 


CESC Open Mic Session- Term 1

CESC will running the first OPEN MIC lunchtime session for 2020 on March 24th (Tuesday in Week 9). This is a great opportunity for students to display their performing arts skills from Music, Dance and Drama to the rest of the College. This be running outside the music room/canteen area. Please come down with your lunch and enjoy the entertainment.

If you are interested in performing, you can sign up here:



VCE Drama Excursion- Black Ties

The VCE Drama class went on an excursion to the Melbourne Arts Centre on the 26th of February. We got an all access guided tour of the building and got an insight into the workings of the Arts Centre and the different theatres within it. The buildings were huge and the theatres mind blowing! Having the chance to see the size of the centre and even getting a look into one of their rehearsal rooms was an experience that will not be forgotten by any of us.

Later in the day we had the privilege of watching Black Ties. A performance about two cultures, Aboriginal and Maori, coming together in the most dysfunctional way for Kane and Hera’s wedding. The performance was such an immersive and hilarious experience that left us all in awe, the actors were incredibly talented, and the story was so compelling. The audience was part of the performance too which was absolutely incredible, during the second act we were considered guests at the wedding and treated like “family” by the cast. We even got to meet and take selfies with a few members of the cast!




Careers & Pathways

Message from the Careers Practitioner

As you are aware we are in for some crazy times ahead.  Please take care of yourself and your family.


Please note that at the time of publication the information was correct.  Universities and TAFE's are currently closed or closing.  If you require up to date information please like the School Facebook Page.

2020 Matrices


Open Days & Info Sessions

Deakin | Medicine Course Information Session

21 April 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Deakin University, Waurn Ponds Campus

Deakin University’s Doctor of Medicine places a strong emphasis on clinical skills development, teamwork and communication training; providing the best opportunities for medical training in metropolitan, regional, and rural settings. Our students learn through problem-based seminars and practical classes before undergoing intensive clinical training within professional health services across Victoria.

Explore what makes Deakin’s Doctor of Medicine unique, and get specific advice from our Course Director on how to give yourself the best chance of securing your place in the course.

Find out more:


SAE | Info Night

23 April 2020, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

SAE Institute Melbourne

If you’re considering studying creative media, come along to SAE’s Info Night to speak to our experienced team and learn how you can pursue your passion in this dynamic and expanding industry. Talk to current students and learn about life at SAE and discover the types of career opportunities that await you after graduation.

Find out more:


Monash | Information Evening, Peninsula

28 April 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Monash University Peninsula Campus

We know that choosing a university is a big decision. Get all your questions answered at our information evening.

At our information sessions, you’ll learn about what it’s like to study at Monash. Find out about our range of courses, accommodation options, scholarships, student life and so much more! You’ll also have the opportunity to hear from a current student or graduate about where their Monash degree has led them.

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Deakin | Criminology Course Information Session

28 May 2020, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Are you ready to understand why people commit the crimes they do? Join us to learn more about studying criminology at Deakin.

Hear from our passionate criminology industry experts about course options, double degrees, entrance requirements and career outcomes for graduates. Discover how we prepare our students to be job-ready with practical knowledge and transferable skills ready to tackle criminal justice issues facing our society.

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Deakin | Property and Real Estate Course Information Session

2 June 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Deakin University, Melbourne Burwood Campus

Deakin’s Bachelor of Property and Real Estate is Victoria’s only three-year property course offered on-campus or online providing you with the qualifications to work in variety of property fields. This course is professionally accredited by the Australian Property Institute and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Graduates will meet the academic requirements for membership as an Australian Property Institute Certified Practising Valuer and member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This session will provide a thorough overview of our highly regarded program.

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AIE | Online Experience Day

28 March 2020, 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm


If you have ever wanted to study 3D animation, game design or VFX for film online with AIE then our Online Experience Day is an ideal opportunity to find out more!

Course overview sessions will be running on the range of online courses in 3D animation, game art, game programming and game design offered by AIE. You will get to participate in workshops, guest speaker talks and much more. Have a question? Don’t worry, pop by and one of our friendly staff from AIE online will be more than happy to assist.

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Deakin | Step on Campus

Melbourne: 1 April & 8 April 2020, 10:00 am - 12:45 pm

Waurn Ponds: 2 April & 9 April 2020, 10:00 am - 12:45 pm

Geelong Waterfront: 7 April 2020, 10:00 am - 12:45 pm

Warrnambool: 7 April 2020, 10:00 am - 12:45 pm

Get a sneak peek into life at Deakin with a tailored campus tour. It’s a great way for you and your family to explore our state-of-the-art facilities, while learning more about the courses you’re interested in.

Led by current students, the 45-minute group tours are a fun and informal introduction to uni life. You’ll learn about the different study options on offer and how to make the best transition into university. There’ll also be plenty of opportunities to ask questions during and after the tour.

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Endeavour College of Natural Health | Open Day

4 April 2020, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Endeavour College of Natural Health – Melbourne Campuses

If you’re thinking about studying natural health, Endeavour College of Natural Health’s Open Day is the perfect opportunity to discover more about our degrees, meet our academics and current students, discuss enrolment with the admissions team and tour the campus.

Here’s what you can expect from our Open Day:

  • Meet our industry expert academics and teaching staff
  • Chat with current students about their experience
  • Tour the campus and visit our teaching clinic, library, student areas and teaching rooms
  • Discover what career options are available to you after graduating
  • Find out more about our courses including what you’ll learn, assessment types, hands on experience and more
  • If you have prior education or work experience, learn about our pathway entry options which could count towards your degree
  • Meet with our student enrolment advisors to discuss your study options, which course is right for you, fees and payments, applying and enrolling

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ACU | Talk with Nurses and Paramedics, Online

9 April 2020, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working as nurses and paramedics. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates to hear what it is like to work in health care.

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ACU | Talk with Teachers, Online

16 April 2020, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us online to hear from ACU alumni who are working as education professionals. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates and learn about their experiences in the classroom. This event will give you an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to lead a class.

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ACU | Talk with Business Professionals, Online

22 April 2020, 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm


Have you ever wondered where a business degree can take you? Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about what it is like to work in business. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates to get a real idea of the diverse careers a business degree can lead to.

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ACU | Talk with Lawyers, Online

22 April 2020, 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Have you ever considered becoming a lawyer? Join us online to hear from ACU alumni about their experiences working in legal practice. Take part in a Q&A session with our graduates to find out where a law degree can take you.

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AIE | Open Day

16 May 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Melbourne

Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation and visual effects at the AIE Open Day. Our campus will be opening its doors to visitors eager to find out about upcoming full-time and part-time courses.

The day will include presentations on different areas of industry to get into as well as information about AIE full-time and part-time courses and entry requirements. Student work will be on display and our teachers will be available to speak with you one on one about our courses and how AIE can get you into a creative career.

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Monash | Open Day

Peninsula: 1 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Caulfield: 2 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Clayton: 2 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Parkville: 16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Whether it’s getting a feel for what you’ll be studying, making sure you’re on the right track or simply picturing yourself in one of our learning spaces, here’s what you can expect when you step onto any of our campuses this Open Day:

  • Chat with current students
  • Meet inspiring academics
  • See how Monash is changing it
  • Get all your questions answered in one place
  • Find your tribe

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Deakin | Open Day, Geelong Waterfront

Geelong Waterfront: 2 August 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Waurn Ponds: 2 August 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Warrnambool: 9 August 2020, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Melbourne: 23 August 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our door is open for everyone! Whether you’re preparing for life after high school or you’re in the workforce wanting a career change, why not come along to see how Deakin could shape your future?

Open Day is a rare opportunity to chat with real Deakin students about their university experience, see our campuses buzzing with activity, and have your study questions answered by course experts. Plus, there’s heaps of fun things to do, free entertainment and great food between the serious stuff!

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ACU | Open Day

Melbourne: 9 August 2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Ballarat: 30 August 2020, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

It’s our Open Day, but it’s not about us. It’s about you.

ACU’s personal approach allows you to customise your experience – what you want to see, questions you want answered, people you want to talk to. You won’t get lost in the crowd at our Open Days – you’ll get real one-on-one time with academics, students and staff.

Deciding what and where to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why we run Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help make your choice.

New dates and registration will be available on ACU’s website soon.

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Charles Sturt University | Open Day, Albury-Wodonga

16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga Campus

Want to come on campus to see what we’re all about at Charles Sturt? You’re in luck! Open Day will be back in 2020 and you can find out all there is to know about studying with Charles Sturt.

Learn about applying to uni, living on campus and what support is available. You can also discover the fun side of uni through our clubs, societies and sporting teams.

All things happening at Open Day 2020:

  • live entertainment, competitions and giveaways
  • food trucks with FREE food
  • faculty, campus and accommodation tours
  • course and uni life information sessions
  • expo hub where you can meet our expert teaching staff and find out what to expect in lectures and tutorials.

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University of Melbourne | Open Day

16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus

Open Day is your chance to explore life as a University of Melbourne student. Make sure you register and we’ll send you an event reminder, as well as all the latest updates on information sessions.

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VU | Open Day, Footscray Park

16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Victoria University, Footscray Park Campus


Experience Uni Like Never Before

Find out how the VU Block Model has revolutionised learning for less stress and greater success.


Put the You in VU

Preview your life on campus, meet student clubs and societies and enjoy our diverse, welcoming community.


Study Your Way

Explore our many different courses and flexible study options including pathways from TAFE courses to uni degrees.


Meet the Moguls

Hear from trailblazing graduates and chat to our industry partners who can help connect you to an exciting career.

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SAE | Open Day

16 August 2020, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

SAE Institute Melbourne

If you’re considering studying creative media this event is a great opportunity to speak to our experienced team and find out more about this dynamic and expanding industry.

You can check out our amazing equipment and facilities, meet your future mentors, talk to current students and discover the career opportunities that await you after graduation.

There will be general information sessions held during Open Day, where you will learn about our unique programs, career pathways, learning outcomes, internships and admissions information and to discover how our students are gaining the competitive edge when entering their chosen industry.

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AIT | Open Day

22 August 2020, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Academy of Information Technology, Melbourne

AIT’s Open Day is perfect for those wanting to explore the endless opportunities available in the growing creative industry. This fun and interactive day is a great way to get further information on our curriculum, course requirements and study pathways. Our friendly staff & students will also be there to talk to and get advice from.

During the Open Day you’ll:

  • Learn about careers and study options in film production, animation, digital design, game design, and IT
  • Check out our campus and be part of our fun activities
  • See why so many students choose to be part of our community

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Workshops & Courses

RMIT Design Portfolio Preparation Course

4 March 2020 - 22 April 2020,

6pm - 9pm

RMIT City Campus

Students will be provided with a supportive environment to explore design and folio preparation. An introduction to concept development and schematic design will be provided. The students will be assisted by a qualified professional to explore design areas such as architecture, landscape, interior design and planning.


This short course also accommodates students with existing design folio and looking at improving their own, through graphics representations, concepts/ideas developments and presentation techniques/folio layout.


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Torrens | Discover Beauty, Health Science, Nursing or Nutrition

27 March 2020, 10:00 am - 28 March 2020, 3:00 pm

Torrens University Australia, Fitzroy Campus

Curious about a career in Health and Wellbeing? Take part in Workshops specifically designed for school leavers. Learn more about our courses in Beauty & Aesthetics, Health Science, Nursing, or Nutrition. Suitable for High School students in years 10-12.

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Torrens | Business Industry Day

31 March 2020, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Torrens University, Flinders Street Campus

Join us at a Business Industry Day near you and find out all you need to know about career opportunities in business, from Event Management to Sports Management to Entrepreneurship and more. Hear from highly experienced industry experts to get an understanding of where studying a degree in business could take you.

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RMIT | Experience Surveying Day

31 March 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Argyle Square Station

If you are interested in a career as a land surveyor, this practical one-hour event hosted by RMIT University provides a fantastic opportunity for you to do practical surveying activities with the help of fully qualified Surveyors.

You will see all the current surveying equipment used in the industry including a digital level, total station, GPS and laser scanner. You’ll get the opportunity to do a practical activity measuring distance and use professional surveying tools to check your measurement.

Events are held each month at Argyle Square and are designed for Year 10 -12 secondary students and school leavers that are interested in mathematics and IT or those considering a career in the industry.

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Billy Blue | Major Work: Y12 Design Thinking Workshop

4 April 2020, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Torrens University Australia, Flinders Street Campus

If you’re heading into 2020, ready to start your Year 12 Design and Technology (Major Design Project) or your Visual Arts (Body of Work) then this half-day program is perfect for you.

Spend a day with industry-leading design academics to learn the techniques design professionals use every day to develop new concepts. This dedicated team will guide you through the framework and show you how you can implement it to complete your body of work or portfolio!

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Enter the World of Le Cordon Bleu – Careers Residential

29 June 2020, 9:00 am - 1 July 2020, 4:00 pm

Le Cordon Bleu Australia, Melbourne

We’re opening our doors to high school students in Years 11 & 12, to see inside one of the world’s leading culinary and hospitality institutions to provide you with the best possible global industry insight.

Meet lecturers and Le Cordon Bleu professionals, hear from industry experts, discover what Le Cordon Bleu programmes involve and experience hands-on culinary arts with our chefs.

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AIE | Industry Experience Day

7 April 2020, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

7 July 2020, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

30 September 2020, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Melbourne

AIE’s Industry Experience Days are a great opportunity for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to learn about the local and international game development, 3D animation and visual effects industries. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the different pathways to get into the industry, what should be in a portfolio and will be able to get creative in practical workshops using industry-standard 3D animation and game development tools.

The sessions are run by industry professionals who have worked on some blockbuster games and films. Everything is provided for you to participate in the hands-on workshops and you will be using the same software that is used in the industry.

If you are thinking about a career in the games or film industry then we highly recommend registering for the free event.

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Waurn Ponds: 30 June 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Melbourne: 2 July 2020, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

DeakInspire is designed to help you tap into your potential and shape a better tomorrow. Hear incredible speakers discuss their lives and careers. Get hands-on in workshops that give you a taste of university life or the workplace.

This event is especially for Year 10, 11 and 12 students who want to explore their future direction. We’ve also included a program for parents to gain an understanding of the tools and support students might need as they transition from school to university.

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La Trobe | Experience Clever

Melbourne: 3 April 2020, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Bendigo: 8 July 2020, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Experience Clever gives you the chance to experience uni for a day by taking part in fun and dynamic workshops led by real lecturers. Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents are invited to get hands-on and discover what being a uni student is really like.

You’ll attend workshops, lectures, seminars and meet the academics who’ll be teaching your course. Chat with current students and get the inside scoop on Life at La Trobe and what to expect when you study with us.

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Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants

Value: $3,000

Open/Closing Dates: February 10, 2020 – March 30, 2020


The Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants provide help with costs for textbooks, tools or TAFE/RTO tuition fees. Ten recipients will receive $2,000 each in cash plus a $1,000 tool voucher to help them start or continue with their apprenticeship journey.


If you are an apprentice plumber currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Australia and are studying at TAFE, university or with a Registered Training Organisation, then you are eligible to apply for the 2020 Rheem Apprentice Plumber Grants.     Find out more


Youth Off the Streets National Scholarship Program

Value: $6,000

Open/Closing Dates: February 3, 2020 – April 10, 2020

The National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of young people across Australia who exhibit extraordinary promise – but who lack the support and resources to fulfill their potential.

Who can apply?

  • Students aged 16 to 21 inclusive as at 20 September on the year of nomination.
  • Citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand (evidence will be required).
  • Students with a clear need for financial assistance.
  • Students studying in Australia for the two year period of the program.

All successful applicants convey their genuine talent, ability and determination in any education or training course, including (but not limited to):

  • Academic skills
  • Visual or performing arts
  • Sport
  • Trade skills
  • Music

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Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund

Value: $2,500

Open/Closing Dates: October 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

The Australian Disability & Indigenous Peoples’ Education Fund (ADIPEF) has been established to assist people with disabilities from both indigenous and non-indigenous backgrounds.

People with disabilities of any age living in Australia may apply for any assistance to help with both formal and informal education. While people may need assistance to complete the application, we would like a letter in the persons own words telling us why they want to learn.

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Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) Student Exchange Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 1, 2020 – July 1, 2020

Since 2006, Japan Australia LNG (MIMI) has supported 23 students to take up the challenge of living and studying in Japan for one year, and is now offering the great opportunity again for two Australian students.

Any applicant across Australia who:

  • Is attending secondary school and in year 9-12 at the time of application
  • Has a sense of adventure and understands the challenges of an AFS program
  • Meets the AFS application guidelines and country criteria for Japan
  • Completes the AFS online application process, including payment of the required deposits as part of the application process.
  • Willing to provide program updates and photos to AFS and MIMI.

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The Tuckwell Scholarship Program

Value: $22,200 AUD per year

Open/Closing Dates: March 4, 2020 – March 25, 2020

The Tuckwell Scholarship Program is the most transformational undergraduate scholarship program in Australia.

We award 25 Scholarships each year and offer talented and motivated students the opportunity to realise their potential by providing financial support, personal enrichment and development opportunities. Most importantly, Scholars can connect with and learn from one another within our home on campus, Scholars House.

The financial support offered to you as a Tuckwell Scholar is intended to help you through your university journey, giving you the freedom to focus on what is important.

To apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship for study at ANU commencing in 2021, applicants must:

  1. be eligible to apply to study at ANU in 2021 via the ANU Direct Application system.
  2. commence and complete Year 12 full-time in 2020, at a school located in Australia.
  3. be 17, 18 or 19 years old on 1 March 2021 (born on or between 2 March 2001 and 1 March 2004).
  4. be an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or the holder of an Australian humanitarian visa, and be in possession of the relevant Birth Certificate, Citizenship Certificate or Visa by 25 May 2020.
  5. be predicted by their school to achieve an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher. Applicants who are eligible for consideration under the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) may apply for a Tuckwell Scholarship if they are predicted by their school to achieve an ATAR of 90 or higher.
  6. have undertaken:
    • at least one high school English course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11 or Year 12; and
    • at least one high school Maths course/unit in at least one semester during Year 11 or Year 12.

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AFS Global Citizen Scholarship

Value: Up to $3,000

Open/Closing Dates: January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

These scholarships are offered by the AFS Scholarship Fund to help meet the program fee for AFS Year, Semester and Trimester Programs.

You may be eligible for a Global Citizenship Scholarship if:

  • You are an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident
  • You are a secondary school student currently studying Year 8, 9 or 10 at an Australian school at the time of your application (you must plan to complete your AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program prior to commencing Year 11 in Australia).
  • You plan to complete Year 11 and Year 12 on return from your AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program.
  • You commit to meet school attendance and participation requirements in your AFS host country.
  • You demonstrate that you have a keen interest and a desire to learn; are willing to fully commit to the requirements of an AFS Year, Semester or Trimester program; and understand the challenges and opportunities offered through an AFS intercultural experience.
  • You complete an AFS Application Form and meet all requirements for an AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program in your nominated host country.
  • You are willing to provide program updates (video, audio and/or written) and photos to AFS about your experience.

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Federation High Achievers Scholarship

Value: Up to $18,000

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020

At Federation University Australia we know our students thrive in an environment that rewards dedication, ambition and a drive to succeed.

If you are accepted into Federation University and have the required ATAR, you are automatically eligible for these scholarships. Application dates are still to be confirmed.

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Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship

Value: $35,000 - $80,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: August 25, 2020 – January 7, 2021

Deakin’s prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s Academic Excellence Scholarship is awarded each year to 26 eligible undergraduate students whose exceptional academic achievements and extra-curricular activities truly set them apart.

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • commencing at Deakin University in an undergraduate bachelor degree in any trimester/semester in the 2021 academic year
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full-time study
  • enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.

You must be able to demonstrate academic achievement in one of the following:

  • an ATAR of at least 95 or International Baccalaureate equivalent
  • dux of your high school.

Consideration will be given to:

  • your extra-curricular activities and achievements, for example in the areas of leadership, community service, the arts, volunteering, or sport
  • students experiencing personal or financial hardship.

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Wool4School Design Competition

Wool4School is an annual student design competition encouraging budding fashion designers to show the nation what they’re made of.

Open to all Australian school students in high school, the Wool4School competition invites students in years 7 – 12 to design an outfit using a minimum of 70% wool. The outfit must contain a minimum of one piece with a maximum of four pieces and show the student’s creative and innovative side.

Registration is open now and closes on Friday 29 May.

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Helen Handbury Leadership Award

The Helen Handbury Leadership Award recognises Year 12 students in rural and regional Australia who have shown strong community leadership and initiative.

Australian secondary schools are invited to nominate Year 12 students for the Award.

In 2020, the award winners will receive funding towards an international trip to experience community development in another culture.

Nominations are open until Sunday 31 May.

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National History Challenge

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian, researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community or exploring their own roots.

The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES.

Entrants may be students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools.

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Eurekly Scholarship Competition

Eurekly is designed to help students excel in this world, and we want to hear what student life is really like in it. Write a 2,500-word essay exploring one of three topics about life as a student today and you’ll be in the running to win $1,500 USD.

Eurekly’s scholarship competition is eligible to anyone over the age of 16 years old who is enrolled in a school, university or other further education body as a part-time, full-time or remote student.

Entries are open now and close on Tuesday 30 June.

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Strike A Chord Competition

Strike A Chord is a new competition designed to encourage the next generation of Australian musicians to experience the life-changing possibilities of chamber music.

Music Viva is giving secondary school ensembles the opportunity to explore their potential and discover the joy in making music with friends, whatever their level of ability.

Twelve aspiring groups will be chosen to perform for a live audience and expert jury in the Melbourne Recital Centre during a Finals weekend from 4-6 September, competing for cash and development prizes.

Entries are open now and close Thursday 21 May.

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Class Clowns 2020

For over two decades, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns has helped hundreds of funny, young peeps hone their comedy potential. Past participants like Joel Creasey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen and William McKenna have gone on to be funny as a career, and now we want you.


Registrations for this one-of-a-kind, national secondary school comedy competition, are now open. If you’re aged 14 – 18 (Years 9 – 12) and you have a stand-up, sketch, physical or musical comedy act you should register now. It’s free to take part, all you need is 3-5 minutes of original, live, funny content and you’re in.


You’ll get to take part in a workshop with professional comedian, before performing your act in front of a live audience. If you progress through the heats you may then go on to a State Final, where you’ll be in the running to secure a place at the National Grand Final. We’ll fly all the national finalists to Melbourne to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for a chance to win the Class Clowns title and a $2,500 prize package.


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Future Leaders Photography Prize 2020

The Future Leaders Photography Prize is designed to recognize talented young photographers.

Year 12 students are invited to submit digital photographic work (one photograph for each student). The work submitted can be on any theme.


In 2020, the award winner will receive $1,000. Where there is more than one winner the prize money will be shared.


Entries are open until Sunday 31 May.


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Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

Sponsored by the University of Sydney, the Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize encourages students to communicate a scientific concept in a way that is accessible and entertaining to the public while painlessly increasing their science knowledge or, as Dr Karl and Adam like to say, “Learn something without even noticing”. It is intended to support budding young scientists across the nation, who will be our future leaders in research, discovery and communication.


Each film entered in 2020 must be based on the theme ‘Water’.


There is a prize pool of $10,000 to be shared between the winners and their schools, and finalist representatives also win a trip to Sydney for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes Award Dinner.

Entries open on Wednesday 4 March and close on Friday 1 May.


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International Essay Contest for Young People

This annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.


This year’s theme is “A Letter from Myself in 2030”.


Entries are open to anyone in the world under the age of 25, and must be submitted by Monday 15 June.

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Australian Brain Bee Challenge

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and its functions, learn about neuroscience research, find out about careers in neuroscience and to dispel misconceptions about neurological and mental illnesses.


The first round of the competition, the online quiz, starts in March and runs throughout the month. Top students are invited to the Regional stage, with the potential to compete nationally and internationally.


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The Bebras Challenge

Bebras is an international student Computational Thinking Challenge and Bebras Australia is run by CSIRO Education and Outreach through the Digital Careers program. The goal is to promote Computational Thinking to students in a way that highlights student ability beyond Science or Maths skills.


Why do the Bebras Australia Challenge?

  • Bebras Australia is a free online resource.
  • Students have 45 -60 minutes to complete the challenge.
  • Students can participate individually or in small groups (up to four)
  • When working in teams collaboration is encouraged.

If you are a teacher, you can register your school’s participation in the Challenge here:


DAV Senior Public Speaking Competition 2020

During the Debating Association of Victoria’s Senior Public Speaking Competition, senior students (11 and 12) will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared speech (6-8 mins) and two impromptu speeches (4-5 mins).


Students will receive high quality feedback from experienced adjudicators, as well as the opportunity to watch fellow speakers. Highest scoring students will be awarded at the end of the day.


The competition this year will be held on Sunday 26 April at St Kevin’s College in Toorak. Registrations are open until Monday 20 April.


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What Matters? Competition

What Matters? is a ‘catalyst for young thinkers and young writers to develop a perspective, a point of view, on where we’re heading as a society’.

Inspired by Gough Whitlam’s commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia’s future, the competition is currently open to school students in years 5 to 12 from Australia. Responding to the simple question ‘what matters?’, entrants are free to express their views on any matter they care about.

To enter What Matters? students submit an original written work between 400-600 words in prose or poetry, of either fiction or non-fiction.

Entries are open until Friday 8 May.

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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard – all whilst developing key skills.

The theme for 2020 is “Climate Action and the Commonwealth”. Young people are called upon to consider their position and power in bringing about change, and how the Commonwealth can be used as a tool for positive action.

Entries are open until Tuesday 30 June.

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The Student Blogging Challenge

The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of publishing online — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe.

The challenge is made up of a series of 8 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. It is open to students aged 8-16 from around the world.

The next challenge begins on Sunday 15 March, and registrations are open now.

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2020 STEM Video Game Challenge

The Australian STEM Video Game Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content or themes.

The theme for 2020 is “scale”.

Registration is open now, and games can be submitted up until Wednesday 5 August.

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International Comic / Manga School Contest 2020

Clip Studio Paint are hosting a manga, comic and illustration contest open to students worldwide. Winners are eligible for cash prizes, digital creation software, pen tablets, and chances to be featured in media publications. The contest is also an opportunity to have your work judged and critiqued by professional creators and boost your skills.

There are six categories you can enter:

  • Comic
  • Manga
  • Bande Desinée
  • Webtoon
  • Storyboard
  • Illustration

Entries are open until Monday 27 April.

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F A C E Unframed

In 2020, Belconnen Arts Centre is celebrating the people who excite, inspire, challenge and provoke us to take action.

Artists are being invited from throughout Australia to respond to the idea of the face. We want you to embrace the concept of the face; the age-old tradition of portraiture, be it with a classic or contemporary approach; how we look at ourselves; how we look at each other, or another’s gaze; our expression; our mask; or a window into who we are. Embrace your imagination with a sense of play, boldness, experimentation, thoughtfulness or contemplation.

We welcome contributions from all ages, viewpoints and levels of experience. Artists working at any stage of their creative practice, be it as a professional or hobbyist, are welcome to submit work exploring this theme.

Entries are open until Monday 23 March.

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Careers & Jobs

8 top careers for Valentines Day

With Valentine’s Day just gone, we’ve put together a list of some of the jobs that help keep the love flowing around Valentine’s Day.


So if you’re romantically inclined maybe you’ll be inspired by one of these careers.

  1. Florist – one of the busiest day for these industrious artists, working their magic to create fabulous floral tributes to love.
  2. Chocolatier – creating sweet treats that not only look great and taste divine, but are also responsible for releasing endorphins and serotonin that make us feel fabulous, as well as phenylethylamine a mood elevator that our brains normally release when we’re happy (and in love).
  3. Jeweller – there aren’t many ladies who wouldn’t be thrilled to receive a bit of bling on Valentine’s day, but it’s also a very popular date for weddings and engagements. Jewellers not only help to make the day special, but create tokens of love that’ll last a lifetime.
  4. Greeting card writer – not everybody has a way with words, and although a heartfelt message of love is not to be sniffed at, for those who can’t put their feelings into words… there’s Valentine’s Day cards.
  5. Massage Therapist – whilst massages are always a popular choice, they’re also rising in popularity as a Valentine’s Day gift, they help the recipient feel pampered, nurtured and a little bit special.
  6. Delivery driver – when you can’t deliver a gift to your loved one in person, thanks to delivery drivers there’s still the opportunity to surprise and spoil them from afar. Although it must be a hectic day for deliveries, imagine how nice it would to make someone’s day & be met with a smile everywhere you go.
  7. Restaurateur – everybody knows it’s tough to get a table on Valentine’s Day, and most restaurants send out set dinner menu’s weeks in advance, because they know things are going to get crazy. You’d have to remember to stock up on the champagne too.
  8. Event Planner – Valentine’s Day, as we mentioned earlier, is a popular choice for weddings and engagements, but it’s also popular for fundraisers like balls and gala’s, so there’s no doubt about it, event planners be well in demand at this time of year.

What Can You Learn as an Australian Border Force Officer?

If you’ve ever been to the airport, you’ve probably seen a Border Force Officer at work. You might have even wondered what it would be like to work as one.

Lifehacker has written an article on some of the unexpected skills you might learn as a Border Force Officer. You can read it here:


What is a career in Art Therapy?

Becoming an Art Therapist or Expressive Therapist seems like a bit of an out there job – but it’s definitely a viable career choice.

Art Therapists help their clients work through problems (often to do with mental health or trauma) with the use of art, including visual arts, dance, music and more.

Find out how Kimberly forged her career as an Art Therapist:


What Skills Can You Learn as an Accountant?

Being an accountant isn’t just about being good with numbers. There are other skills that you will learn throughout your career that will be beneficial for you for life.

Check out FYA’s article to see what you might be surprised to learn as an accountant:


Jobs for People who Want to Travel

If you love to travel, there’s nothing better than being paid to do so. With the jobs that the Hotel School has listed in their blog, you could be seeing the world as part of your career.

Find out more here:

Further Learning

Apply to Become an Air Force Cadet

Thinking of a career in aviation? Becoming a cadet is a great way to explore what life is like in the Air Force, as well as gaining a variety of skills and experience.

Some activities undertaken by the AAFC include flying, fieldcraft, adventure training, firearms safety training, drill and ceremonial, service knowledge, aeromodelling, navigation and gliding.

Applications are open now.

Find out more and apply here:


New Joint Medical Program between CSU and WSU in 2021

Charles Sturt University and Western Sydney University have partnered up to create a new Joint Program in Medicine, based at CSU’s Orange campus starting in 2021.

You can go straight into the program after completing year 12 – no prior uni experience is required. Applications for the program will open through UAC in April.

Applicants must also sit the UCAT for admission, with registrations opening in March.

They are putting a strong focus on enrolments from students in rural and regional areas.

Find out more about the new program here:


Hyundai Advanced Apprenticeship Academy

Hyundai runs a four-year apprenticeship program for people looking to become Hyundai technicians through their Hyundai Advanced Apprenticeship Academy.

You can undertake the apprenticeship at more than 170 locations nation-wide. Upon completion of the program you will receive a Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, and have a pathway to working as a Hyundai technician.

Find out more about the program here:


Apply Direct to ANU for Early Entry

ANU is now offering direct entry applications to year 12 students, with the chance of receiving a conditional offer for early entry. Applying directly to ANU is totally free, and you don’t need to apply through UAC.

This means you can get an offer to study at ANU before you sit any exams.

Through the application you will also automatically be assessed for guaranteed accommodation and any scholarships you might be eligible for.

Direct applications to ANU open on Wednesday 4 March, and will be open until Monday 25 May.

Find out more here:


Swinburne Early Leaders Program

You’re eligible to apply for the Early Leaders Program if you’re currently in Year 11, (including VCE, IB and VCAL students, plus regional students and those outside of Victoria).

You’ll get to build on and document all your extra-curricular activities, as well as reflect on your individual strengths and interests.

You’ll have to complete one core certificate and one of three elective certificates by the end of October deadline, and you can do the certificates either on campus at Swinburne or entirely online.

Benefits include:

  • Completion of the program could help you stand out on your applications for jobs and further study
  • develop life skills
  • grow your confidence
  • increase your employability
  • gain recognition for achievements from a leading university
  • get out of your comfort zone and try something new
  • develop the skills that will help you successfully transition to tertiary study

You’ll also get to attend workshops and seminars including:

  • Meet a Swinburne student – talk to a student studying a course you’re interested in. (Offered on campus or via Skype or phone)
  • Introduction to academic writing (offered as a webinar)
  • Career planning (offered on campus and as a webinar)

If you successfully complete the program and apply to Swinburne for future studies, you could also get up to two aggregate points added to your application.

Expressions of interest for a February 2020 start are open now.

Find out more information or submit your enquiry here:


Apprenticeships vs Traineeships

What’s the difference between Apprenticeships and Traineeships? They might sound the same, but there are some differences between the two. Knowing these differences can help you decide which one is right for you.


The similarities

Apprenticeships and traineeships are both ways to earn while you learn. You work for an employer while also studying towards a nationally recognised qualification. This can be a Certificate II, III or IV, or even a Diploma.


They are both great ways to get hands-on experience in the career of your choice.


You can also start either an apprenticeship or traineeship while you’re still at school, meaning you don’t need to wait to undertake further learning.


The differences

The biggest difference between apprenticeships and traineeships is that traineeships are only for careers that aren’t considered “trades”. This means you won’t find yourself doing a traineeship to become a plumber or an electrician.

Instead, traineeships often focus on career areas such as:

  • Business
  • Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Retail
  • Arts & Media
  • ICT
  • And more!

Traineeships are also shorter in length. A traineeship will usually take around 1 to 2 years to complete; an apprenticeship can take up to 3 or 4, depending on the trade.


What’s best for me?

Whether you decide to do an apprenticeship or a traineeship will usually come down to the job you are interested in.


The best part about both is that there are plenty of fee-free or subsidised traineeships and apprenticeships you can do in your state. You can check out more information about them here:


VIC – Free TAFE for priority courses


VIC Structured Workplace Learning Portal

Do you need to undertake Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) for your VET program or school-based apprenticeship or traineeship?


The Victorian Government has a handy database that you can search to find work placements currently on offer from employers around the state.


Check it out here:


Do a Traineeship in International Freight and Logistics

My Freight Career is an RTO that specialises in training and courses for careers in international freight and logistics.


You can do a traineeship through them for a variety of courses:

  • Certificate III in International Freight Forwarding (Operator)
  • Certificate III in Warehousing Operations
  • Certificate III in Logistics
  • Certificate IV in International Freight Forwarding (Senior Operator)
  • Certificate IV in Warehousing Operations
  • Certificate IV in Logistics

They will help match you with an employer so you can earn while you learn.


Find out more here:


ACU 2021 Undergraduate Course Guide – Available Now

Thinking of studying at ACU in 2021? They have just released their course guide for undergraduates in 2021, packed with information about all of their courses on offer, including their new education courses.


You can check it out here:


UNSW@ADFA 2021 Undergraduate Course Guide

Wanting to combine your studies with training and work in the Defence Force? UNSW@ADFA have released their undergraduate course guide for 2021.


Find out more here:


Study a Diploma of Sustainable Living at UTAS or Online

To help you embrace sustainability in your life, UTAS has developed their Diploma of Sustainable Living. It provides students with a broad range of multidisciplinary experiences that bring sustainable living to life.

The Diploma’s curriculum is structured around four specialisations, of which you can complete two:

  • Environment, ecology and planet
  • Resource use and design for living
  • Food, well-being and health
  • Social justice, equity and diversity

This course is taught online, meaning you can study at your own pace, while applying sustainability principles to your own life. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to apply your knowledge in your home, in your community, or in commercial and social enterprises.

There are no ATAR requirements for entry; you only need to have finished year 12.


Find out more about the course here:


Digital Media School Based Traineeship

Leisure Employment Australia is excited to announce that applications are now open for the School Based Traineeship program at our marketing head office in Moonee Ponds.

The program is specifically designed around the interests of year 11 and year 12 students who are eager to begin their career pathway in the business and digital marketing world.

As part of your traineeship you will be involved in a range of activities that relates to creating and adapting content for digital media across the company, while earning a Certificate III in Business.


Find out more and apply here:


Study a Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development at CDU or Online

The Bachelor of Humanitarian Aid and Development is an inter-disciplinary degree that will teach you to understand, critically analyse and apply concepts of community development, humanitarian practice and development aid.

During the course, you’ll study culture studies, sociology, ethics, indigenous knowledge, community development, international humanitarian assistance and development, project management, and language studies.

With an unprecedented number of displaced people across the world seeking life-saving relief, there is a growing need for skilled and trained humanitarian and development aid workers. This degree will give you the knowledge and skills to provide support for those affected by man-made and natural disasters, poverty and social injustice.

The course can be studied at CDU’s Casuarina campus or online. The minimum ATAR required for entry is 60.


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CQUni STEPS Enabling Course

Skills for Tertiary Preparatory Studies (STEPS) is an enabling course that provides a pathway for students wishing to gain entry and succeed at university.


It is available online and on-campus at the following CQUni locations and partner centres:

  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Gladstone Marina
  • Mackay Ooralea
  • Rockhampton North
  • Townsville
  • Geraldton Universities Centre
  • Pilbara Universities Centre

STEPS is suitable for students that need some help to meet prerequisite subjects for their desired course or who want to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully study at uni.

STEPS is free for Australian and New Zealand citizens as well as for permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

Applications to start in Term 2 close on Monday 15 June for online and Monday 29 June for on-campus.

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ANU direct applications now open for 2021

If you’re a current Year 12 domestic student looking to study at the Australian National University in 2021, they’re now accepting direct applications.

If you’re sure that’s where you’d like to study, you can submit an application and not have to stress about it later in the year.

Even better: you could receive an early conditional offer on 10 August and know that as long as you keep working hard and achieve your predicted ATAR score, you’ll be studying at ANU next year.

Find out more including how to apply here:


Australian Apprenticeships

Thinking about your future, the career of your dreams, or just keen to get out there and start earning? Have you considered signing up for an Apprenticeship?


Australian Apprenticeships are open to anyone of working age and offer you the opportunity to learn new skills and get paid, there are over 500 different jobs you can become an apprentice in.


The next step to take would be to contact someone from the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (Apprenticeship Network) in your area, they’ll be able to answer your queries and help point you in the right direction.


Use the Australian Apprenticeships database to search by post code, city or suburb to locate a Support Network near you.


You could also spend some time on the Australian Apprenticeships Pathways website, explore job and training descriptions, potential careers and more.


You could even start your vocational training, earn a wage and get hands on experience while you’re still at high school, and the training units could count towards your high school certificate. If this is something that interests you, speak to your parents and your school, or contact an Apprenticeship Support Network to discuss your options.


Study a Bachelor of Outdoor Leadership at VU

Do you love the outdoors? The Bachelor of Outdoor Leadership from Victoria University could be the course for you.


You will learn all about adventure-based activities that you can use for outdoor education and recreation. Best of all, you get to put what you learn in the classroom into practice with a range of activities at VU’s outdoor labs.


Possible career outcomes for this degree include:

  • adventure tourism
  • adventure sports
  • environmental education
  • outdoor adventure
  • outdoor education
  • outdoor recreation
  • nature tourism.

You also have the opportunity to complete a paid internship with the Outdoor Education Group as part of your degree.


There is no ATAR requirement for entry; you only need to have completed your VCE and done well in English. You can study this course at VU’s Footscray Park campus.

Find out more:


Work Experience

Work Experience with Swinburne Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing

We are occasionally able to take on high achieving, motivated high school students, with an interest in astronomy for work experience placements. Multiple dates are available throughout the year, and applications are always open. However, please note that we are not able to accommodate all requests for placements, due to the availability of staff and the timing of requests.

Learn more


Introduction to Navy (Technical Trades)

HMAS Cerberus is the Navy’s primary training establishment in Australia with approximately 6000 personnel trained annually. The work experience placement will be conducted by the Navy’s Engineering faculty with a focus on technical trades (particularly Marine Technician and Electronic Technician) and visits to the School of Ships Safety and Survivability, Boatswain Faculty and Recruit School. Activities may include physical training, RHIB ride, visits to the fire grounds and the countersink facility and other simulators, eating in the Navy Mess.


The placement will run from Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 March.

Learn more


Work Experience with Doogue + George Law Firm

Doogue + George take enquiries from students looking to undertake work experience in a law firm. You must apply through the form on their website.

Learn more


Work Experience with The Bays Healthcare Group

Our work experience program assists secondary students completing year 10, 11 or 12 by providing work experience in healthcare services in our Hospital or Aged Care.


We aim to offer an understanding of the large variety of activities that combine to deliver contemporary and professional healthcare services.


The program is available for one week from Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July 2020. Places are limited to a total of three students for the Hospital.

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Myer Work Experience

Do you want to be part of a team who loves coming to work each day? A team that makes Myer a great place to shop, and an even greater place to work?


Complete the online application form to apply for work experience at Myer. Before applying online, please ensure you have visited the Myer store where you wish to complete your work experience placement and have spoken with a member of our Management team.

Learn more


Deakin STEM Work Experience for Girls

This week-long program, designed for females interested in science, technology, design or environment, provides an introduction to STEM at a tertiary level and allows participants to experience possible STEM career pathways in a fun and nurturing environment.

Attendees will experience a range of workshops and activities across the science, engineering, architecture and construction management fields, alongside gaining personal development skills such as CV and interview preparation, safety inductions and team-building activities.

The experience will run from Monday 22 to Friday 26 June at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

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Deakin Engineering Work Experience

Year 10 students who have a passion for design and engineering can apply to take part in our Engineering Work Experience Program. This week-long program provides an introduction to engineering at a tertiary level, and allows participants to experience possible career pathways in a fun and nurturing environment.

The program will run from Monday 22 to Friday 26 June at Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.

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Deakin Laboratory Science Work Experience

Located at our Melbourne Burwood Campus, this week-long work experience program is designed for high-achieving Year 10 students who are strongly motivated in science – preferably in molecular biology and cell science. Students will experience laboratory science in an interactive and demonstrative environment.

The program will include participation in micro-molecular biological techniques, invertebrate and vertebrate biology, chemistry practicals, tracking and mapping using GPS/GIS, ecological survey techniques and more.

The program will run from Monday 15 to Friday 19 June at Deakin’s Melbourne Burwood Campus.

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SYN Work Experience

The SYN Work Experience program is a week long program offered to Year 9 & 10 students.

The program immerses students into media making, giving them the opportunity to participate in live radio and television, produce podcasts, write blogs and get first hand experience in SYN and the wider media.

Learn more


Work Experience with GV Health

GV Health recognises the need to promote healthcare as a worthwhile and exciting career choice and to showcase health care as a career prospect for young people and others making study and career choices.

There are many careers on offer at GV Health. The following provides a general overview of professions that are part of our health service and outlines where opportunities may be available for work experience:

  • Admin/Clerical (available for Year 10, 11 and 12 students)
  • Nursing (available for Year 10, 11 and 12 students)
  • Support Services (available for Year 10, 11 and 12 students)
  • Allied Health (available for Year 11 and 12 students only)
  • Medical (available for Year 11 and 12 students only)

Learn more


Work Experience with Austin Health

Austin Health is proud to place over 100 secondary school students on work placement each year. This provides a valuable opportunity to promote health professions to young people, and gives students the chance to observe and learn about careers available in healthcare as they consider their future path.

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Work Experience with Sovereign Hill

Sovereign Hill offers a variety of unique and exciting opportunities for students looking to undertake work experience. Each year we host over 100 work experience students. As an equal opportunity employer, work experience is available for both males and females in each of the following areas:

  • Museum
  • Retail
  • Trades
  • Hospitality
  • Other

Learn more


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about University Early Entry

We know that Year 12 is a big one, huge in fact. With that in mind, have you heard about Early Entry? It’s one hack that could save you a whole lot of time and stress later in the year.


What is Early Entry?

Some universities and tertiary admissions centres (TAC) systems in place that allow them to accept early applications, select students and offer them a place on the course they’ve chosen before the end of year exams have been sat, let alone ATAR results published.

So you could receive an offer before the main December and January offer rounds (when the majority of your cohort will get their offers).


Which Universities offer Early Entry programs?

These are the universities that offered early programs for students commencing studies this year (2020), for an updated list, check on revised guide for 2021, coming soon.

  • Australian Catholic University (ACU)
  • Australian National University (ANU)
  • Bond University
  • Campion College
  • La Trobe University
  • Macquarie University
  • Southern Cross University (SCU)
  • Torrens University
  • University of New England (UNE)
  • University of Newcastle (UON)
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
  • University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)
  • University of Sydney (US)
  • University of Tasmania (UTAS)
  • University of Wollongong (UOW)
  • Western Sydney University (WSU)

Who is eligible to apply for Early Entry?

If you have been getting outstanding academic achievements in Year 11 and semester 1 of Year 12, or you’ve thrown yourself into community engagement (e.g. volunteering), or you’ve been recognised as your school as a future leader, then you could be eligible to apply for early entry.

If it’s something you’re really interested in applying for, but you’re unsure you’ll meet the criteria, it’s definitely worth doing some more research, individual programs may have different requirements that you will be able to apply for (e.g. rural or remote students, or financial status).


When can I expect to receive my Early Entry offer?

Depending on the University’s calendar, you could receive a conditional offer within 10 days of submitting your completed application and certainly not later than November 2020.


When do applications open for Early Entry?

Some programs are open now and closing dates come around as quick as the end of May. So make sure that you check all the key dates for all the programs you’re interested in applying for to make sure that you don’t miss out.


What is a conditional offer?

If you receive an offer, be proud – it means that the university definitely sees your potential and thinks you’ll be a great candidate to study with them in 2021. Usually the offer you’ll receive will be “conditional” – for example, if you score an ATAR of 82 then you’re guaranteed a place on this course.


How do conditional offers work?

Once your application is submitted, the institutions will cross match your skills and achievements with the prerequisites of your listed preferences. Then based on all the information you’ve provided, they’ll calculate a realistic ATAR they’d like you to achieve.


It’s likely that for most early entry offers, the main condition is that you obtain the ATAR they’ve formulated (or above, of course) in order to go ahead and enrol on the course. So don’t slack off once you’ve received your offer, you’ll still need to perform your best in the exams.


What’s the difference between a guaranteed & a conditional offer?

A conditional offer is a form of guarantee – the university is saying that as long as you get the ATAR they’ve predicted for you, or meet any other conditions they’ve set, then you are guaranteed a place on the course you’ve chosen with them.


The lucky few may receive a “guaranteed offer” straight away but these are much rarer, and some conditions may still apply. So make sure you check all the small print before you accept any offer.


What are the advantages of applying for Early Entry?

If you meet the eligibility criteria but are unsure about whether to apply, here’s a few of the benefits to consider:

  • Get the applications and administrative requirements out of the way right now
  • Security of knowing you already have a uni offer going into exams
  • May have scholarships and bursaries affiliated with them
  • Help you concentrate better on schoolwork later in the year
  • Get a head start on getting organised for life at uni
  • If you’ll be moving away from home, you could sort the accommodation you want and beat the rush
  • Save money as the majority of direct applications are FREE (TAC’s charge a fee for the application process)
  • You don’t have to accept any offers and can still apply through the traditional route later in the year (in which case you’ll have all your documentation ready to go and have your preferences selected too).

How many Early Entry programs can I apply for?

As long as you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for every early entry program on offer.


What happens if I receive more than one Early Entry offer?

If you get multiple offers, you’ll be in a great position, and you get to accept the offer for the course that ticks all of your boxes.


What happens if I don’t get an offer through Early Entry?

You might be disappointed if you don’t receive an offer through early entry applications, but that’s about as serious as it gets.


You’ll still be able to apply for university (the same ones, and the same courses even) through the traditional application system later in the year – and yes, we’ll have a step by step guide for that too.

Plus, having completed applications already, you’ll find it easier and quicker to get your applications next time and you’ll likely have all the documentation you’ll need already organised.


Early Entry sounds great – what’s next?

Unfortunately, early entry applications do have a catch – almost all of the programs and universities have their own (read: different) processes and systems, so navigating it all can seem like a bit of a nightmare.


The skills you could get from Work Experience

If you’re contemplating getting some work experience, but you’ve read that in all likelihood most of your time will be spent observing, you might be a bit confused about the skills you could be taking away.


Well, not all work experience will be watching and learning (and if they are at least your observational and note taking skills will be top notch by the end of it). In reality there’s every chance that you’ll be leaving your placement with new or improved technical skills that are specific to each job or industry.


Is that all?

Definitely not.

There’s way more to work experience.

Applying for a position and turning up will alone guarantee that you’ll have demonstrable talents to add to your resume.


Don’t believe us?  Here are just a few examples of skills you’ll need at work and that you could develop when you sign up:

  • Problem solving – you won’t be expected to problem solve at work experience but finding solutions to how you’ll get there each day, arrive on time, organise your day etc. are all examples of this skill.
  • Time management – arriving on time, knuckling down & getting tasks done.
  • Organisation – managing your time efficiently, the practicalities of heading off to work and ticking jobs off your “to do” list, could help you find hacks that work for you and improve your organisational know how.
  • Communication and other interpersonal skills – having to work closely with your supervisor, other employees and customers, your verbal and non-verbal communication skills will get a workout. In addition to honing your communication talents, you might find that your active listening, clarity and diplomacy abilities are improved too.
  • Teamwork – working well with other people, listening to them, following instructions, engaging, and adding value in the workplace, all add up demonstrable teamwork skills, highly desired by most employers.
  • Professionalism – includes looking the part, taking the job seriously, trying your best, and using appropriate language.
  • Networking – you’ve heard that phrase “it’s not what you know but who you know”? Well it’s very true in lots of aspects of life, so learning how to network well could open up new opportunities for you.
  • Business etiquette – watching and learning everything from how to write professional emails, the best way to answer the phone, when to step back from a situation, how to remain professional in all situations, are invaluable when you’re looking for paid work.
  • Initiative – if you finish a task and your supervisor is busy, wash up the mugs, do some filing, ask around if there’s another job you can do to help out – just be proactive. Also, let your employer know if you have an idea about trying something new or different that could help get the job done.
  • Work ethic – don’t complain, don’t slack off and take advantage of the fact you’re not at school, don’t take excessive breaks, don’t spend time on your phone. DO try you’re best, give everything a go, and ask for help if you need it.
  • Willingness to learn – be enthusiastic, show you’re ready to listen and learn, try new things, follow instructions, don’t be a know it all.
  • Computer, technical or practical skills – you probably have a great understanding of technology but using it in a workplace environment, using new programs, software and equipment will only expand your knowledge.
  • Customer service – dealing with the public isn’t always easy, learning how to handle tricky situations, keep customers happy or just provide with the information they need, is a great skill to have in any industry.
  • Confidence and self-esteem – these might not sound like any skills you’ve heard of before, but they’re really important as you go through life. They’ll help you reach goals, take opportunities, challenge yourself and ultimately help you move forward.

To get the most out of work experience don’t forget….

Ask lots of questions at your placement to maximise the benefits from being there.

Think about the skills you gained from your work experience and make sure you add them to your resume or portfolio. 


Gap Years and what you should know about them

What is a gap year?

You might hear talk about the fabled gap year around the school yard, but not really understand what it’s all about. Well, for some people it’s basically a well deserved brain break after completing high school or university (or even several years in the same job).


Quite simply it’s when you take some time out of your regular life or routine to concentrate on yourself.

Yep that’s really all there is to it.


The best time to take a gap year

In an ideal world, you’d take a gap year when you’ve finished one project or life chapter, before starting the next.


For example, once you’ve finished Year 12 you might like to take a gap year before you start your uni degree. Or after you’ve completed your tertiary studies, a gap year before you start working could be perfect for you.


But realistically, there is no right or wrong time, you can even take gap years once you’ve started working (terms vary depending on your employer).


Gap year ideas

Got itchy feet? You could travel.


Need more life experience? No problem, you could learn new languages and skills. Contribute to worthwhile projects and volunteer to help others.


Perhaps you just need to make some money so that you can afford to continue on the pathway you’ve chosen without accumulating huge debts. Not only would you reap the financial rewards, you’d also benefit from getting work experience, improving your employability skills, networking, and building on your resume.


Take the opportunity to decide what you’re looking for from future studies, career goals or other endeavours, and refocus.


Take a gap year overseas

Immerse yourself in new cultures, learn a language, experience life from an alternative perspective. Learn to live independently and be responsible, they’re great qualities that could serve you well.

Whether you choose to travel independently or as part of an organised tour, there’s plenty of help out there to help you maximise on your year out.


Have a look at:

It’s perfectly ok to go away and be a tourist for a year too, undoubtedly you’ll still gain a wealth of experience as well as having fun.


Get a Gap Year Job

You could make the most of your gap year’s need to earn but still have some fun and new experiences. You could find jobs near home, in different parts of Australia, or even in a different country.


Things you could try include:

  • Ski Season and other seasonal workers
  • Teaching e.g. teach others English overseas, or make some money teaching your skills (e.g. playing an instrument, maths tutor)
  • Summer Camp
  • Life guard
  • Au Pair
  • Become part of an outdoor adventure crew
  • Resort work
  • Cruise ships
  • Internships
  • Tour guide
  • Hospitality

See what the Australian Defence Force Gap Year program has to offer

You can apply to take part in an ADF gap year program – whether you’re considering joining up or not.

You could experience a number of jobs that the Army, Navy or Air Force have to offer, as well as gaining new skills e.g. leadership , meet new people, travel and go adventuring.


What are the benefits of taking a gap year?

There are lots.

  • You could broaden your horizons
  • experience new things
  • learn new skills including life skills
  • uncover hidden passions or discover new ones
  • prepare yourself for uni
  • have adventures
  • make you more appealing to potential employers by displaying qualities such as initiative independence, open-mindedness, problem solving, maturity and grit.
  • experience the world outside the classroom
  • relieve some of the pressure about choosing your pathway and allowing time to make choices that reflect what you really want to do   

How to tell if a gap year is the right option for you

Give it some thought, decide what you might like to do if you took a gap year, then find out what’s involved including time scales and costs.


If you’re in Year 12 right now, you can still apply for uni later in the year, then when you’ve received your offer – you might be able to defer for a year.  Meaning you could take a gap year knowing that when you come back in 12 months, your place at university will still be waiting for you.


Make sure you read up about deferring uni, check that it’s an option for the institution or course you’d most like to attend. You can also find out about applying for university when you’re no longer a school leaver, giving you some breathing space if you’re unsure about the course you really want to study right now.


Still undecided whether it’s the right step for you? Perhaps our Gap Year Quiz could help you make up your mind.


Talk about it with your parents, friends, and teachers. Start doing some research and find out how you could make the most out of the opportunities available to you.


If you don’t think it’s the right time for you, then you can just shelve the idea and come back to it later if you want to.


To find out more about Gap Years or be inspired by opportunities that are out there, you could head over to our dedicated page and start your journey there.


Rotary Youth Exchange Australia

Wanting to travel during your studies? Rotary Youth Exchange Australia offers programs that run for up to 12 months for high school students aged between 15-18, giving you the chance to live and study abroad.


There are more than 30 countries you can choose from for your exchange program.


Expressions of interest for 2021 exchanges are open now.


Find out more here:


4 tips to help get smart about money

What is financial literacy?

By the time you leave high school and often before, it’s important to learn how to manage your money and make decisions that make financial sense for your situation.


If you can budget, manage your money, make wise decisions about your spending and saving habits, then you’re well on your way to being financially literate.


Having these skills are a huge advantage all through life and could help to prevent you falling into masses of debt.


How to improve your financial skills

  1. Set up a bank account

Even if you don’t have much money coming in, it’s a great idea to have your own bank account and debit card so that you’re ready when you do start earning.


You’ll also have somewhere safe to put pocket money and monetary gifts that you might receive, instead of risking it dropping out of your pocket at school, going through the washing machine, or tempting you to buy something you don’t really need.


  1. Find a job

Once you start earning your own money, you’ll appreciate it’s value much more.  It could encourage you to make better decisions about what you buy, when you know how long it took you to earn it.

  1. Do a budgeting challenge

You may not have seen Teenage Boss, it’s a show where teens in a household are allowed to take over the family budget for a month.


Perhaps you could do something similar at home?

Speak to your parents and work out:

  • Your household monthly income
  • Household monthly outgoings (that’s all the bills from food and electricity, to rates and school shoes)
  • Decide on a target figure that you’d like to save
  • Work on how you can implement changes to reach your target

E.g. Write meal plans and cook in bulk, find free activities to do in your spare time, recycle all your cans and bottles for extra cash.

  1. Start saving

You could just start saving today, it’s simple. Figure out how much money you already have, or how much you get every week and commit to setting aside a percentage of that.


Make sure it’s not too easy to get too, otherwise you could be more tempted to dip into it.


When you set up your bank account, talk to the bank about a savings plan as well. They can give you lots of ideas about the best way to save for you, including where your savings will get the most interest etc.


The money you put away could help you buy a car, go towards uni, or pay for your gap year gallivanting.


Starting University – advice from indigenous students

If you’re in Year 12 this year and planning to go to university in 2021, you could be feeling a little bit nervous about what’s in store for you.


The ABC has published a new article with tips from current uni students that might help you address any niggles and embrace the excitement about heading off to start a new chapter in life.


There are general tips on day-to-day living, orientation week, utilising the indigenous support unit, and getting involved with the student union.


You can read what they have to say in the full article.


Indigenous Student Support at Swinburne

The Indigenous Student Services team in the Moondani Toombadool Centre supports Indigenous students, including on-campus, online and community learners, to be in control of their own studies.

Students can receive assistance with pre-enrolment, subject selection, orientation and graduation as well as plans for life after studying. We ensure students’ education and training experience is positive, inclusive and successful.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at Swinburne can apply to work with qualified tutors to assist with their studies as part of the Indigenous Academic Success Program. Eligible students receive two (2) hours’ tuition per unit of study per week. Additional tuition for exam preparation is also provided. The availability of tuition is based on funding and need. The program is provided free to eligible students.


Find out more here:


Spend your Gap Year in the United Kingdom

Letz Live has a UK Gap Year Program that lets you spend your gap year overseas, while being paid.

As part of the program you will experience living in a boarding school and get paid to become a short-term assistant there. Your accommodation and meals are also covered. During your time off you are free to explore the United Kingdom and Europe.


Applications for programs starting in August 2020 and January 2021 are open now, and close on Friday 20 March.


Find out more here:


Overseas Study Opportunities

Thinking of going on student exchange or travelling for your gap year, but aren’t sure where to start?

Cluey Learning has put together a blog with heaps of useful information about travel providers and programs.

Check it out here:

Headspace Resources for Young People

Headspace has a great suite of resources available on their website specifically tailored to young people.


If you are looking for advice about health and wellbeing, life, study, work and more, they have plenty of resources to help.


Check it out here:


Warumilang at AFL SportsReady

AFL SportsReady believes that education and employment are vital for people to successfully participate in society. AFL SportsReady’s vision is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have the same opportunities as other Australians to start their careers with confidence, qualifications and skills.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program, Warumilang, represents the support and opportunities created for Indigenous people through quality education and employment. Warumilang focuses on strengthening relationships, promoting respect and creating employment and education opportunities for young Indigenous people.

The Warumilang program offers many benefits, including:

  • Traineeships
  • Direct Employment
  • Cadetships
  • Cultural Awareness Training

Find out more and express interest in joining the program here:


What you need to know about Co-op Scholarships

Successfully applying for a co-op scholarship could do much more for you than simply covering your costs.


Premium scholarships with extra value

Scholarships are generally sums of money donated to applicants who meet the eligibility requirements specific to that scholarship, there are thousands available in Australia.

They could really make a difference to your tertiary education experience by removing financial pressure and other barriers that could otherwise prevent you from achieving your goals. Or, they could help you start your working life in less debt than you otherwise would.


How great is that?

Co-op Scholarships go the extra mile. Not only do they provide some financial benefit (or in some cases a lot), they could also provide you with amazing extras such as:

  • Mentoring
  • Leadership and development programs
  • Work experience
  • Paid internships
  • Tuition fees paid
  • Guaranteed accommodation
  • Access to workshops and special events
  • Networking


Who can apply for a Co-op Scholarship?

Each scholarship is unique to the institution or provider, so you’ll have to check that you’ll meet the eligibility requirements before you spend time applying.

Co-op scholarships are generally open to high achievers.

If you think that doesn’t sound like you, it’s still worth checking – merit isn’t just given for amazing academic results, although it is often a pre-requisite.

Some scholarships will accept applications from people who’ve been recommended by their school for their outstanding contributions. Others want to reward individuals who’ve worked hard and made a difference with community involvement, or perhaps have shown great potential with their leadership abilities.


Competitive but worth the rewards

These esteemed scholarships are highly sought after, so the applications can be highly competitive, but they are definitely worth your time applying.

Many of these programs have a 100% success rate for employment upon graduation.

You might receive an income while you’re still studying at uni as some internships are salaried

If you don’t leave university with a job already lined up, the fact that you received a Co-op Scholarship will look fantastic on your resume, could appeal to potential employers, and may have provided you with relevant work experience and useful industry contacts.

In other words, you’ll definitely be ahead of the pack.


There are benefits to just applying for a co-op scholarship

Putting yourself forward for the co-op scholarships and completing the application will give you invaluable experience in completing intricate applications and doing well at interviews.

Your confidence could receive a little boost knowing that you’re considered eligible, that your application was considered and that you put yourself outside your comfort zone and survived intact.

In some cases, if you’re application isn’t successful but the panel were impressed by your application, they could suggest alternative scholarships and programs to apply for.

Even if you don’t exactly meet the eligibility requirements but you’re close, you’ve excelled in some areas and your application really stands out, providers might just bend the rules for an outstanding candidate…. it could be you.


So what’s the catch?

Being granted on of these highly prized co-op scholarships you’ll be expected to take your studies seriously.

You’ll have to make sure you stay on track and achieve your predicted ATAR results (or better).

Once you’ve enrolled at university and started your course, you’ll have to maintain the required GPA in order to keep the scholarship. You might even have to comply with other requirements, for example:

  • Help out at ‘O’ week
  • Commit to helping out on campus
  • Active involvement within your chosen department, and
  • Attending all additional programs and events that you’re entitled to.


Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about Co-op Scholarships

 What ATAR do I need to be eligible for a co-op scholarship?

It really depends on the institution. For example, at UNSW you’ll need a predicted ATAR of 96 or above to apply, whereas at Federation Uni if you have a predicted ATAR of 80 you could be eligible.

Some programs don’t even specify an ATAR.


How are co-op scholars selected?

The application process for each scholarship varies, you’ll often have to:

  • Meet all the eligibility requirement
  • Complete a special application form available from the institutions before the closing date
  • Provide supporting evidence and recommendations
  • You might have to complete a personal statement, answer some questions, or prepare a video or other element of the application
  • Attend and interview to be assessed

But you should read all of the application details for the co-op scholarship you’re interested in applying for to make sure you know exactly what to do.


Can I defer my Co-op Scholarship?

Some scholarships allow you to defer, but it’s unlikely with Co-op scholarships will because they are so competitive and sought after – you’ll need to check with the individual provider to confirm this though.

If you are successful in receiving a scholarship and then need to defer your enrolment, you might have to complete another application and go through the entire process the following year (if the application criteria allows for that).


Become a Better Public Speaker

Getting up and speaking in front of a crowd – big or small – can be pretty daunting. But it’s something that most of us will have to do at least a few times in our life.

If it’s something you struggle with, don’t lose hope – anyone can be a great public speaker.

Business Insider has written an article full of tips to help even the most nervous person sound like a pro.

You can check it out here:


Want to Travel to Antarctica?

Intrepid Travel and the World Wildlife Fund have partnered up to offer an amazing trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

You can spend the 11-day journey spotting whales, penguins and other wildlife while exploring the icy lands of Antarctica. If you have a passion for wildlife, science, or just adventure, this could be an awesome trip. You can even add extras to the trip such as kayaking, a photography masterclass, a polar plunge or even an overnight camp on Antarctic shores.

The next trips leave early 2021 and are available for booking now.

Find out more:


Top 5 Student Exchange Providers

Got the travel bug? Don’t want to wait the holidays? There are plenty of companies out there that can help you organise a student exchange. You could have the opportunity to study and live in countries around the world.

Check out each provider below to see which countries they go to and what kind of programs they offer. Many of them will also hold information nights if you’re keen to find out more.

  1. Student Exchange Australia New Zealand
  2. WEP Student Exchange
  3. AFS Intercultural Programs Australia
  4. EF Foreign Exchange
  5. Rotary Youth Exchange Australia


7 apps to help you manage your money

You’re never too young to start learning good money habits, but sometimes it can be hard to know what to do or stay on track.

Like pretty much everything else in 2020, there are apps to help out.

Here’s a few that we think are interesting, if you don’t find the right one for you on our list, decide what you’d like from an app and a simple search will probably provide you with a tonne more options. 


1. Got a bank account?

Banks will mostly have their own apps and since you’ve got an account with them, chances are it will be free to download and use – bonus. If you don’t have a bank account yet, then maybe this a timely reminder to get one sorted out, then you’ll be able to access their free services (including apps) too.

They could allow you to manage your funds, check your balance, transfer between accounts, pay for stuff, and budget your money. You could also check if the app features ‘tap and pay’ so you use your phone to pay for things instead of taking your cash cards with you and risk losing them.


2. FamZoo

If you don’t have a bank account, this family app could be handy to help you and your parents keep on top of all things financial in your world. With options to mark when chores are completed, send lunch money reminders to your folks, see when and where you’ve spent money and get your parents to pre-load a virtual debit card with funds when you need them.

There is a fee for this app and be warned parental involvement is required. In fact, they get to more control than you do and could even turn off your debit card to protect you from fraud… or as a punishment.


3. iAllowance

Keep track of chores and pocket money you’ve earned and get rewards which you can track and cash-in when you reach your goals.

Get your allowance transferred direct to your account, set up different “banks” for different funds like travel, lunch, phone etc. And track your spending from each bank. Keep track of your rewards online and convert them into real world treats or extra money.


4. Mint

If you’re serious about your finances, you’ve got your own bank account and maybe you’re earning a wage. Plus, you’ve got goals and targets that you’d like to hit, this budgeting app could be the one for you.

It offers a wide range of features, including a budgeting tools, which is the first thing you’ll see when you log in. You’ll receive alerts when you go over budget, can track your spending, or see your overall cash flow at a glance. It could help you understand where your money goes each month and make it easier to rein in your spending.


5. Pocketguard

If you’re a chronic over spender whose money is always burning a hole in your pocket, then this app could put the brakes on for you.

It links to all your accounts and tracks your spending, gives you a breakdown of where you spend money and even suggest ways to save you money and improve your financial health.


6. Busykid

Earn, save, share, spend and invest your allowance.

Loaded with features to help you learn great money habits, you can even donate part of your earnings, start your own investment portfolio and buy shares, and learn to spend responsibly.

There’s no subscription fee when you sign up either.


7. Greenlight

This app costs $4.99 a month but that’s for the whole family (including up to 5 children) – you don’t need a device to use this system either, but if you do the kids app can help you learn even more about your financial health and habits.

It includes a debit card per child, automated allowances, instant transfers to your card, real time updates about your spending and account balance, customised savings goals, apply pay and your parents can even limit which stores you’re able to use your money in (handy if you have a weakness for one particular shop).


CSIRO’s Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy.

Participate in a unique camp and get an opportunity to challenge yourself and bring your STEM dreams to life by providing you with the tools and support you’ll need to succeed in an exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) career.

Applications for this program are open now and close on Friday 20 March 2020, so if you want to apply, you’ll need to get a wriggle on.

If you want to apply, you’ll have to be:

  • Student in Year 8 attending school in Perth WA, Western Sydney NSW or Central Coast NSW
  • Student in Year 11 attending high school anywhere in Australia
  • Students must by Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Students must be female or female-identifying
  • Students must be passing English, Maths and Science at school

You’ll have to:

  • Download and save the application – it cannot be completed online.
  • Complete all sections of the application form and sign.
  • Attach your most recent school report to the application email.
  • Return the completed application to the Academy team at:
  • If you need help with your application, please email us or call: (07) 3833 5660
  • Applications close 5pm ADST on Friday 20 March

Find out more about the program here:


​​​​​​​NAIDOC 2020 Community grant applications open

If you know of any community organisations hoping to run events to celebrate NAIDOC week (5-12 July 2020), they are invited to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to help them cover some of the costs.

Applications close on 30 March 2020.

Activities should align with the National NAIDOC Theme for 2020, ‘Always was, Always will be’.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous legal entities may apply for NAIDOC funding. (Where both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations are found equally suitable, preference will generally be given to the Indigenous organisation).

Applicants must meet all eligibility criteria outlined in the NAIDOC Local Grants Program Opportunity Guidelines.

To apply:

You’ll have to complete and submit an online application form.

More information on 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants funding, including the application kit, is available at GrantConnect.

Job Spotlight - Warehousing

What do Warehouse Workers do?

Warehouse workers perform a variety of jobs from receiving goods and raw materials, to moving them, storing them, checking and updating stock records for discrepancies and damage, writing reports and preparing goods for dispatch elsewhere.


If you’ve got great customer service skills and you’re looking to work in a busy and varied environment, with plenty of opportunities for progression and promotion, this could be a career worth investigating.


About you:

• Excel in the field of customer service

• Outgoing, energetic, and willing to work in a team environment

• Have a very strong work ethic with an interest in retail, warehousing, and/or Plumbing.


The job:

• Receive, check- in and unload deliveries

• Sort, store, pick and fill orders, prepare goods for delivery

• Keep inventory reports accurate and up to date, process and prepare orders


Warehouse Worker’s salary (average) $62,000 per year

Based on a variety of entry level roles in this industry, with opportunities to increase salary with experience, additional training, and promotion – all the way up to management levels.



Job growth in warehousing is strong (source:

Technology in this industry is always evolving, so it would be wise to continually seek training opportunities which could help you remain at the forefront of any industry growth and change.


How to become a Warehousing Professional in Australia

Whilst formal qualifications are not always necessary to gain entry into this Industry, undertaking some study in the field could help you get ahead faster and accept more diverse roles in the industry.


Step 1 – In Year 9 or 10 at high school, seek some work experience in warehousing to find out if it’s a career for you.


Step 2 – In Year 10, apply for a school based traineeship such as the one offered by Reece, you’ll incorporate paid part time work and study a Certificate II in Warehousing Operations while completing your high school certificate.

(*Note: the course units may count towards your high school certificate but not your ATAR)


Step 3 – Graduate from your traineeship and high school, accept a full time role in the industry or go on to undertake an apprenticeship in a related field e.g. plumbing.


Step 4 – Complete a TAFE course or university degree in Business and major in logistics and supply chain management, you can even complete some degrees entirely online, and access more professional opportunities.


Check requirements for the Warehousing industry in your state or Territory

Specific rules may apply to traineeships or careers for Warehouse Workers in each state or territory in Australia, so it’s worth checking any regulations regarding licensing, qualifications and workplace health & safety in your state.


You may have to obtain a high risk work license through Safe Work Australia, for example if you obtain your fork lift license.


Find out more here –

Job Spotlight - Lawyer

How to become a Lawyer


What do Lawyers do?

 Lawyers inform clients about their legal rights and obligations. Steering individuals, businesses, and government agencies through legal issues and disputes, representing  them in courts and legal communications.


If you’re passionate about the law and using your knowledge to help others, and are competitive and committed to working tirelessly for the benefit of your clients from all walks of life, this career could be an option to research further.


About you:

  • Highly intelligent with an analytical mind
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong advocacy and problem-solving skills, adaptable to any case

 The job:

  • Meet with and counsel clients
  • Perform legal research and prepare legal documents
  • Represent clients in criminal and civil court proceedings

Lawyer salary (average) $102,965 per year     (Source:


Job growth in law is strong (source:


Law is a very competitive field; to stand out ahead of other applicants you could work on keeping your grades high, and boost your resume with relevant work experience and voluntary work.


How to become a Lawyer in Australia

 It can take as little as 4 years from leaving Year 12 to becoming a fully qualified, practising lawyer.

Step 1 – Do well in English and Maths at high school, consider studying history and psychology

Step 2 – Look at degrees you’d be interested in, check any pre-requisites required, e.g. Sitting the LAT (Law Admission Test)

Step 3 – Complete your university qualifications in Law (e.g. 3 year Bachelor of Laws at Bond, or a 5-7 year double degree Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at UNSW)

Step 4 – Undertake Practical Legal Training (PLT) to develop the practical skills and knowledge you’ll need by:

  • completing a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP) in 6-12 months, or
  • undertaking supervised workplace training for at least 12 months (only in QLD & VIC), or
  • do a minimum 12 months in a clerkship position (only if you are already working in the legal profession).

Step 5 – Apply for a certificate of practice to work as a legal practitioner in your state or territory:

Australian Capital Territory: Legal Practitioners Admission Board

New South Wales: Legal Profession Admission Board

Northern Territory: The Legal Practitioners’ Admission Board

Queensland: Legal Practitioners Admissions Board

South Australia: South Australian Board of Examiners

Tasmania: Legal Profession Board of Tasmania

Victoria: Victorian Legal Admissions Board

Western Australia: Legal Practice Board of Western Australia


Find out more here –


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Legal Executive

Legal Secretary




Court Clerk


Find out more about alternative careers.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How long does it take to become a lawyer? 

It takes a minimum of 4 years to qualify as a lawyer, but it can be longer depending on your pathway.


What do lawyers do?

Lawyers give advice, write legal reports and documentation, and conduct negotiations on legal matters. They represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings.


What’s the difference between a lawyer, solicitor and barrister?

Lawyer is a general term. Solicitors and barristers are called accordingly depending on the work they do (e.g. barristers might take on court cases only) and in which state or territory they’re practising in.


Where do lawyers work?

Typically based in an office environment, lawyers may also work in courts and conduct their business meetings in homes, hospital, prisons, and business settings.


Do I need to go to university to become a lawyer?

Yes, you’ll need to complete a relevant degree, get the practical work experience and register to practice with the relevant body before you can start working.


What other jobs can I do with a law degree?

Non-legal career options for law graduates and established lawyers include: accounting, journalism, politics, recruitment, politics, management consulting, Judge’s associate, human resources, investment banking, police prosecutor, and advocacy.

Job Spotlight - Dog Groomer

How to become a Dog Groomer


What do Dog Groomers do?

Dog Groomers care for dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes. Responsible for washing, clipping, grooming and styling their fur, as well as cleaning and clipping their claws helping them live comfortably and look fabulous.


If you’re great with human and canine customers, have a steady hand and lots of patience, this career could be a match made in heaven.


About you:

  • Excellent customer service skills, good work ethic, reasonably fit and healthy
  • Tolerant and not too squeamish
  • Great hand-eye coordination, confident using a variety of tools


The job:

  • Work on dogs ears, fur, and nails in a clean and safe environment and manner
  • Clean and maintain equipment and ‘salon’
  • Make bookings, recommend products and treatments, care for animals whilst in your care

 Dog Groomer salary (average) $51,000 per year - (Source: )


Job growth in dog grooming is strong (source:


You could create more opportunities by diversifying and incorporating other species of animals into your repertoire of care.


How to become a Dog Groomer in Australia

There are no formal qualification requirements to become a dog groomer in Australia, but it is recommended to get some courses under your belt. While online courses are available, it would probably be worth finding courses where you can get hands on experience.


Step 1 – Get work experience with handling animals and grooming if possible while at high school.  Watch Pooch Perfect on Channel 7.


Step 2 – Do short courses or workshops that will give you basic knowledge of canine health and anatomy, as well as precision grooming and styling techniques.


Step 3 – Undertake formal qualifications through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) e.g.:

– a Certificate II in Animal studies while working as an Assistant Dog Groomer, or

– a Certificate III in Pet Grooming as part of a traineeship, or

– complete a Certificate IV in Pet Styling, or any other qualification with elements of animal care and grooming.


Step 4 – Licensing isn’t a legal requirement for Dog Groomers in Australia but you could  apply to become a member of the Pet Industry Association of Australia, it could improve your business prospects and cover you from liability.


Step 5 – Start your own business, or become a specialist dog breed groomer, or work towards qualifying as a certified Master Groomer.


Find out more here –


Similar Careers to Dog Groomer

  •  Show Grooming
  • Business owner (dog grooming)
  • Pet grooming services (not just dogs)
  • Dog trainer
  • Professional dog handler
  • RSPCA inspector
  • Animal shelter worker
  • Vet nurse
  • Retail work in a pet store

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Dog Grooming

 How do I become a dog groomer

There are no formal qualification requirements to become a dog groomer, but it is recommended that you do so, as there’s a lot to learn. You could complete a Certificate II in as little as 12 months.


What do dog groomers do?

Dog groomers provide lots of services including brushing,  clipping, styling, detangling and thinning dogs coats. As well as hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning, nail cleaning and trimming.


Where do dog groomers work?

Dog groomers can work in kennels, shelters, pet stores, veterinary clinics, bespoke facilities, mobile “salons” or in their clients homes.


Is dog grooming like being a hairdresser?

Not really, no. There are different skills and techniques required.


Do I need to be qualified to start my own pet grooming business?

In Australia there are currently no formal qualifications required, but obtaining recognised qualifications and practical knowledge of the industry could help keep your business do better, avoid injuring dogs and prevent you from being sued.

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