The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Careers Information

Careers Expos

The first Careers Expo for 2019 will be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on 16-19 May from 10.00am – 4.00pm each day. For more information This free event will include both tertiary education and vocational training opportunities with a huge variety of universities and other tertiary institutions from WA and across the country and VET specialists in everything from plumbing and painting, personal training, multimedia design, aviation and many more.

The annual Scotch College Combined Schools Careers Expo will be held in the Dickinson Centre on Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Students in Year 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend this Expo that will have representatives from all Western Australian universities and TAFE Colleges, Eastern States universities and many other private providers.

Year 12 Career Focus Breakfasts

Each year Old Scotch Collegians sponsor Career Focus Breakfasts where OSC members from various career areas attend a breakfast to talk about what their career involves, how they got there and offer to some helpful advice. These breakfasts occur each Tuesday in June from 7.15am – 8.25am at the Boarding House dining room annexe.

Year 12 students may attend as many breakfasts as they wish providing they have an interest in the career areas being offered on that day. Students need to go to the following link to register for breakfasts: register for a breakfast, they need to complete the flyer emailed to them and return it to me. Students from previous years have gained interesting career information, tips on appropriate university courses and have made a start to their networking contacts.

Please encourage your son to register for one or more of these breakfasts.

University Information

Curtin University Commerce Information Evening

 Wednesday 29 May | 6.15pm – 7.30pm | Curtin University, Bentley Campus

Learn more about Curtin's Bachelor of Commerce, including the wide range of business specialisations, industry connections, innovative teaching facilities and internship opportunities, by attending our Commerce Information Evening.

During the evening, you'll have the chance to hear the real experiences of our students, as well as learn more about the innovative facilities available on-campus, such as our stock-market Trading Room and The Agency, our social media command centre. You will also have the opportunity to ask our staff and students any questions you might have about studying a Commerce degree.

Find out more and register: Curtin Medical Radiation Science Info Session

UWA Conservatorium of Music | Day of Electronic Music

Sunday 19 May | 10.00am - 4.00pm | UWA Conservatorium of Music

Chair of Electronic Music and Sound Design, Chris Tonkin leads a day of workshops and production masterclasses in electronic music for high school students, years 10 - 12. Participants will be fully engaged with beat-making, song-writing and mixing using Ableton Live and the Ableton Push 2.

Find out more and register:


WAAPA Production Tour

Mount Lawley Campus
When: Tuesday, 14 May at 6:00pm

Join this insightful tour of WAAPA's world-class facilities and venues from 'page to stage' as you are take through the process of producing a show. Visit design and costume studios, check out sound and lighting facilities, and explore our extensive props and scenery workshops on the way to a Q&A at the Geoff Gibbs Theatre.

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Teacher Education Information Evening
Find out why Teaching is popular at ECU and experience the well-equipped School of Education.
Mount Lawley Campus


Wednesday, 22 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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 Pizza Night for Year 10s
Help for students and parents in choosing subjects for Year 11 and 12. While eating pizza.
Mount Lawley Campus


Thursday, 23 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Media, Communications, Arts and Design Twilight Tour
Tour our Arts Hub and experience the fabulous facilities for students in these disciplines.
Mount Lawley Campus

Wednesday, 29 May
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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University of Notre Dame | Facebook Live: Subject Choices for Year 10 Students

Wednesday 15 May | 7.00pm - 7.30pm | Online

Need help choosing your Year 10 subjects? Hear more about recommended subjects for degrees on offer at Australia's No.1 university for overall quality of educational experience! Find out more:



The University Clinical Aptitude Test is a compulsory test that you'll have to sit in order to apply for some degrees in the fields of medicine or dentistry.

If you're thinking of applying to Uni in 2020 for a degree in one of those fields, you should check their entry requirements to see if the UCAT is necessary for you to sit.

Registrations close on 17 May and the tests are taken between 1 and 31 July 2019.

It costs $298 to sit the test ($198 concession fee but you only have until 10 May to register for concession prices).

To see which Universities require the UCAT ANZ test for applications, to register, or find out more, click here.


UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program

There are 10 scholarships on offer to Year 12 WA high school students.

The UWA Fogarty Scholarship Program is enriching our community by investing in exceptional young people who use their skills, abilities and commitment to lead positive change in our community, State and nation.

Each scholarship is valued at $10,000.

Applications close in 26 May 2019

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School Curriculum & Standards Authority

The Year 10 Information Handbook 2019 is essential reading for Year 10s, their families and teachers. It contains information for students on a range of important topics including the Western Australian Statement of Student Achievement (WASSA) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE). The handbook and presentation provide information about the new option for the course completion requirement to achieve the WACE from 2021.

The Year 12 in 2021: Information for Year 10 Students and their Parents presentation has been developed to support schools for their Year 10 subject selection presentation.

NECA Training – Electrical Apprenticeships

How would you like to get paid while you learn? NECA is taking expressions of interest for electrical apprenticeships.

If you are interested, see more here:

Good Universities Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

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Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Course Information Evening

This free information session will provide students with valuable course and prerequisite advice, including direct entry into engineering with an ATAR of 80 and the $25,000 engineering scholarship. They can also talk directly to academic teaching staff and current UWA students.

Date: Tuesday 21 May 2019 
Time: 5.30pm – 7.00pm

Mr Peter Frusher