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

Careers Information

Scotch College Combined Schools Tertiary Expo 2019

Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are invited to attend the above Expo to be held in the Dickinson Centre at Scotch College on Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 5.00pm – 7.00pm. This Expo will feature university representatives from around Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Tasmania and the ACT) as well as Defence Force Recruiting, Apprenticeships Australia, aviation colleges, Engineers Australia, Gap Year organisations, Education USA and many more. This is a great opportunity for students to gather more information about possible further education and training opportunities, prerequisite subjects for university courses and alternatives to university.

Notre Dame Early Offer Programme  

Applications are now open for students wishing to apply for the Early Offer to commence studies at Notre Dame in 2020.

The Early Offer Programme carries personal and academic benefits for students looking to secure a place at university. If successful, a place is reserved at Notre Dame prior to sitting final exams, consideration is given for a place in the University leadership programme and consideration is given for an academic scholarship.

The selection criteria considers the following;

  • Students who demonstrate exceptional personal or leadership qualities and are motivated to study;
  • Students who are active members of their school, church, and/or community;
  • Students who demonstrate a predicted benchmark ATAR of 93+ (Physiotherapy ands Law) 90+ for all other programmes.

Offers are based  on Year 11 and 12 reports to date, application information, school recommendation and admission interview. There is no obligation to enrol at Notre Dame if the application is successful. The Early Offer Program Guide  is now available online. Hard copies will be  available from Mr Frusher at Scotch.

Applications close Friday 31 July 2019.

During the July school holidays, UWA will host Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions to answer any questions students may have about studying at UWA.

Dates: 15, 16 and 17 July 2019
Time: 10am–7.30pm

Register at:    Year 12 Individual Advisory Sessions

UWA Residential Colleges

UWA now guarantees college accommodation for new students.The UWA Guaranteed Accommodation Offer assures students of a place at one of our residential colleges, providing peace of mind that they'll have their home away from home organised before starting uni.

Check out the five residential colleges which each offer a unique on-campus living experience. The colleges offer a support network for study, socialising, playing sport and getting involved in a whole range of activities.

For more information on living on campus, visit the UWA Accommodation website or contact the  Residential Colleges Central Admissions Office


Curtin University Scholarship Alert

Year 12 students can sign up for Curtin's free scholarship email service to receive an email alert whenever a scholarship that matches their criteria is open for applications. An email reminder will also be sent before applications close.  To subscribe, visit the scholarship website at:

Bond University Scholarships

Scholarships applications for Bond University are now open! These scholarships encompass a range full-fee and part-fee tuition remission. These scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, sport, leadership arts and community enhancement. For more information visit Applications close on 1 August 2019.

Study in the USA - PSAT Testing

The PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a preliminary version of the SAT. Not only does the PSAT help prepare students to take the SAT or ACT, a great score on the PSAT can also open the door to National Merit Scholarships and other awards. With $180 million dollars in scholarships awarded to students that achieve high scores on the PSAT, how students perform on this exam can help them earn scholarship dollars that change the direction of their college planning. The PSAT is much more than a practice test, it is seen as an essential preparation tools for students who are considering future study in the USA.

The new PSAT, is two hours and 45 minutes long and tests skills in Reading, Writing and Maths.

Scotch College is a registered test centre and will be offering students the opportunity to sit this test on Saturday 19 October 2019. The cost is $30 per student which includes preparation material, personalised feedback on test results and a suggested custom SAT study plan.

If students and/or parents are interested in finding out more about this test please contact Mr Frusher.

To purchase tickets please visit the Scotch College website and click on the 'Book a Scotch Event' icon. Registrations will close on Monday 24 June 2019.

UK & US University Applications for August 2020

Year 12 students who are considering applying to overseas university commencing in July 2020 are advised to commence the application process sooner rather than later. The process can be quite involved and requires a lot of research in regard to courses and universities. Mr Frusher can be of assistance in this process.

College of Electrical Training Open Day  

On  Saturday 22 June 2019,  CET  Joondalup and Jandakot  will welcome students, their families, electricians and contractors to find out about CET's diverse range of electrical and telecommunications pre-apprenticeship and post-trade courses at the annual Open Day.

This event is a great opportunity for high school students considering a career in the electrical industry to find out more about studying to gain an electrical apprenticeship pathway at CET. Electrical Group Training (EGT), the largest employer of electrical apprentices in the country, will be in attendance to speak with students about potential employment opportunities.

Click here to  REGISTER YOUR INTEREST in attending CET Open Day.

Sound, & Audio Engineering Institute (SAE)  Study For A Day

Study For A Day gives students the opportunity to experience what it is like to be an SAE student for a day. More information on the event can be found below:

Discover what it means to be a creative professional in state-of-the-art facilities with industry experts by your side! Register for a course in your preferred discipline and work on a project to take away for use in a portfolio or showreel.

Date: Saturday 15 June, 9am - 4pm

Courses include: Animation Workshop, Audio - Studio Production Workshop, Design Workshop, Film Workshop

Purchase a ticket here  to secure your place.

Please note this event is only open to students 15 years or older. More information about the event can be found  here.

July Revision Programmes

Academic Task Force ATAR Revision Programme Year 11 and 12  subject revision, study skills, essay writing and exam preparation programmes will be offered at Churchlands Senior High from Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July. The same programmes will be offered at Perth Modern and Rossmoyne Senior High from Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July.

Enrol on-line at  or phone 93149500.

Academic Associates ATAR Year 12 ATAR Enrichment Programme at UWA  - Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July. You will receive academic extension in your ATAR courses with higher level exam questions, exam preparation workbooks, and small interactive classes with personal feedback.

Enrol at  or phone 9314 9500.


Revision and ATAR Exam program – Senior & Middle School programs in a range of subjects plus study skills and essay writing will be offered at Christchurch Grammar Monday 8 July – Friday 12 July. Year 12 subject revision and exam preparation only will be held at MLC from Monday 15 July – Friday 19 July. Enrol on-line at

TEE Consultants

TEE's July Intensive Exam Preparation: Year 12 ATAR

  • 10 hours of pure exam preparation courses to maximise your marks.
  • Specialist ATAR teachers will groom your exam technique to help you maximise your ATAR scores.
  • Available in week 1 of the July School Holidays at UWA.
  • Enrol online today at   or call 9314 9599 or email     

Career Search & Information

Information for parents is highly sought after when it comes to helping their children with their career choices. For that reason Myfuture has developed an  Assist your child feature page  containing links to the articles that provide tips and advice for parents and carers to assist their child with their career development. Visit myfuture at  ​

Year 12 students who are considering university entry in 2020 should now be starting to research universities and courses. Information regarding all universities and courses in Australia can be found at:

Mr Peter Frusher
Careers Adviser