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Flinders University Animal Behaviour Day – Wednesday 23 June

A small group of Year 11 students took the opportunity to visit Flinders University to find out more about their study in Animal Behaviour. We were met by old scholar, Danusia Podgorski who is studying a double degree in B Animal Behaviour and B Environmental Science. We gathered with students from other schools in a lecture space and were told of the activities for the day by Danusia who also spoke a little bit about the opportunities to study animals that she has been given through the University. Danusia then spoke to the group about her disrupted Year 12 and her return to University after a number of years in the work force. As part of her study she has travelled to South Africa where she did some voluntary work with elephants and their preservation. She has travelled to Madagascar a couple of times where she was able to do some work with the study and preservation of lemurs. She has also done some data collection on Kangaroo Island on koalas following the bushfires and has also assisted in research into little penguins on the islands of SA.

Dr Diane Colombelli-Negrel, who specialises in research into small birds spoke about the research done on the little penguins on Kangaroo Island where predation by cats and iguanas is the main problem. As a result the researchers have made a recommendation that they control the cat population and over the next 20 years they are working toward banning cats on the island. The researchers are also developing burrows that will prevent iguanas from predating on the penguins. As a result of ongoing research, research groups are able to make recommendations to Government to address problems that they discover. Diane also spoke about the research that they have done into small birds imprinting their young whilst still in the egg.  This is so that the young recognise the call of the mother.

We were then off to one of the labs at the University to take part in a fascinating experiment that demonstrated natural selection and the impact that external factors (often man made) can have on an animal population and their genetic adaptation. Students were given various sized bull dog clips to simulate their beak size and with these had to collect sufficient food from three different available sources to ensure survival and facilitate breeding. It was also quite competitive so a very fun and interesting simulation and when results were collated quite illuminating.

We then heard from Professor Charlie Huveneers who is part of a shark ecology group. His research group have been responding to the recent increase in the number of shark bites and as a result researching the plethora of mitigation measures that are out in the market. They assessed the various options based on the following:

  • Reduce spatial overlap between humans and sharks
  • Reduce probability of bite
  • Reduce injuries

Not many devices were backed by science, they found that only 1 type of electronic repulse device was effective in reducing the chance of shark bite but it was found to do this by 60%. Whilst it can reduce risk of bite there is a need for reasonably close proximity, however, it was encouraging to see that it also works when the shark is in full attack mode. We saw quite a bit of vision of the actual testing that they had done in open water, which was really interesting.

They are also testing a new type of neoprene where they found it reduced the damage caused by a bite and therefore help to reduce the severity of injury. He said that there is also a need to manage people’s expectations.

So the conclusion was that in conjunction with education of the general public a combination of an electronic repulse device as a deterrent and use of the new neoprene in wetsuits would offer the best available protection at this point in time

After lunch which was generously supplied by the Uni, we then went to an activity where we heard about the social groupings of lizards and how they often live in extended groups over a long period of time. Researchers have been able to do some long term study into various individuals and groups of lizards in the Flinders Ranges region. Their research was very interesting and students got to do an activity as well as get up close to a couple of different species of lizard. Overall the day offered us a great insight into the Bachelor of Animal Behaviour what is possible within the degree and where it can take students with the added bonus of reconnecting with Danusia and hearing about what she has been doing since leaving school.

Student reflections:

“The day was very interesting and eye opening, the lizards were also very fun.”

“Interesting topics……….I liked the sharks!”

“I really enjoyed the lizards and the adaptation activity.”

Work Experience for 2021


It is a legal requirement that prior to commencing Work Experience students are inducted in the following areas:   Work Health and Safety Act 2012 SA, Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 SA, Sex Discrimination Act 1984 SA, Equal Opportunity Act 1984 SA and Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 SA. Adequate time (approximately 5 hours) should be allocated to cover these topics effectively and students need to demonstrate their understanding.   This induction is done by the school and is consistent with our Duty of Care to ensure that no student is placed where they may not be safe physically or psychologically.

In addition to this, the Work Experience form must be signed by the student, work placement provider, parent/guardian (all arranged by the student) and finally the principal or delegate (arranged by the school). The original Work Experience Agreement form then becomes a legal contract which sets the school insurance cover in place and must be retained by the school.

The school must also provide a contact person who is responsible for each student for the duration of their placement.

Work Experience is a very valuable opportunity for most students however, it does take time to ensure that the above expectations are met.   We are happy to accommodate students in the times allocated.  Please do not cause yourself or the College embarrassment by making other arrangements and then asking for exceptions to be made.

Students who wish to do Work Experience during 2021 are advised that the dates are:

Work Experience WeeksPaperwork Deadline
27 September – 1 October27 August
15 – 19 November (Optional Work Experience for Year 12’s Only)15 October
29 November – 3 December5 November

Work or job trials are not sanctioned by SA Work Experience guidelines.

Please note this is general Work Experience only. Students undertaking a VET program will need to organise their VET work placement with the VET Office.

Key Dates

  • Be a Tabor Music Student for a Day

    Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd July 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

    Tabor Music Department, Wayville

    Year 11 and 12 students, are you passionate about Music? Considering a career as a Music Teacher, Performer, Composer, or a Music Industry specialist? Do you want to know what it might be like to study music at Bachelor degree level?

    Tertiary study is an investment in yourself and choosing where you study can make all the difference to your skills, knowledge and career outcomes. You are invited to come along and see what it is like to study music at Tabor and join in on lectures, ensembles and workshops for a day. Come and “Be a Tabor Music Student for a Day”!

    Find out more here

    If you are interested please register in the careers office.

  • Science Alive!

    Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

    Adelaide Showground

    Science Alive! Really is all kinds of awesome. Join in for a fun family day out to discover how science and technology influences our everyday lives.

    With over 60 exhibitors including all the big names in science and technology, experience interactive and dynamic displays, plus spectacular science shows and performances for all ages. There’s something to spark the curiosity in all of us!

    There’s no better event to experience first-hand all fields of science and technology.

    Find out more here

  • Women in STEM Seminar at Science Alive!

    Thursday 5th August 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    Adelaide Showground

    Welcome to Women in STEM Seminar at Science Alive!

    This is an exclusive invitation for female high school students in Years 10 – 12 to join for an evening of presentations from leading female scientists, engineers and professionals from a diverse range of STEM careers.

    Presenters and keynote speakers include:

    • Prof Caroline McMillen (SA Chief Scientist) – opening address & MC
    • Prof Lisa Harvey-Smith (Astrophysicist & Australian Women in STEM Ambassador)
    • Prof Alice Gorman (Space Archaeologist)

    This panel will be supplemented with several additional leading female scientists and engineers.

    An opportunity to engage with participating organisations and presenters will also be available during interval.

    Find out more here

  • AIE Open Day

    Sunday 15th August 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Academy of Interactive Entertainment, Adelaide and Online

    Discover the courses designed to get you started in game development, 3D animation, film and visual effects at the AIE Open Day.

    AIE Campuses will be open for you to check out the facilities, meet teachers and see student work. They will also be holding a livestream of their Open Day for prospective students interested in studying online.

    You can see:

    • careers in games and VFX that they train students for;
    • studios and industries that they work with;
    • courses on offer – from beginners to professional mastery, and;
    • the software, skills and knowledge they teach.

    AIE’s Open Day will also include presentations on entry requirements and how to apply. Find out how AIE can get you into a creative career.

    Find out more here

Vocational Education and Training in 2022

Are you currently in Year 10 or Year 11 and would like to find out about VET course options for next year?

Drop by the VET Office for a chat with VET Coordinator, Sarah Benedictson or email

Tertiary Updates – University Open Days

  • UniSA School Holiday Campus Tours

    Tuesday 6th July 10:00 am – Friday 16th July 6:00 pm

    Various Campuses

    UniSA is excited to announce that they are running tours in the school holidays to give you the opportunity to step onto a UniSA campus.

    Take a tour of their state-of-the-art facilities, chat to them about your study and career options and connect with UniSA staff in a small group tour.

    Register to visit the following campuses:

    • City East
    • City West
    • Magill
    • Mawson Lakes
    • Mount Gambier
    • Whyalla

    Find out more here

  • Bond Uni Open Day Live Broadcast

    Saturday 24th July 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Bond University, Gold Coast Campus and Online

    In 2021, bringing you a full line-up of Open Day experiences. From an international virtual broadcast to an on-campus extravaganza, you can get to know Bond University whichever way you choose.

    Find out more here

  • Events at Adelaide Uni

    Animal and Veterinary Science Information Sessions

    Roseworthy Campus

    Wednesday 14th July and Monday 27th September 11.00 am and 2.00 pm

    Online via zoom

    Thursday 15th July and Tuesday 28th September 6.00 pm

    Register here

    Find out more about their degrees in animal and Veterinary Sciences, have your questions answered and explore their state-of-the-art facilities.

    Roseworthy campus is an internationally recognised centre for excellence in animal management.  This is the ideal opportunity to discover more about their degrees; learn about student life and support on-campus and hear about the range of career opportunities available.


    Law Inquiry Q & A Session

    Adelaide Law School

    Wednesday 4th August 6.00 – 8.00 pm


    Come and see an enthusiastic panel of experts answering all your questions relating to career pathways, legal research, exam tips and more.  They guarantee that you will leave better informed on a range of legal matters after engaging with the academic panel.  Presented in partnership with the Legal Education Teachers’ Association of SA.


    Year 12 Tuition Program

    Lock in learning this July School Holidays. A range of SACE Study Preparation and revision courses will ensure any Year 11 and 12 student is prepped to achieve their full potential during the final stretch! Registrations Essential

    Year 12 Tuition Course Registration


    STEM Academy School Holiday Workshops

    Adelaide Uni are excited to invite Year 11 and 12 students to register for their exclusive STEM Academy school holiday workshops. These sessions are free of charge, and will cover a range of fields from mechanical engineering, chemistry, mathematical sciences, chemical engineering, and microscopy!  Limited places for these workshops. Students travelling from regional areas may be eligible to apply for a travel bursary.

    School Holiday Workshop Registration

  • RMIT Open Days Online

    Sunday 1st August 9.00 am – Tuesday 31st August 3:00 pm

    Throughout August, RMIT will be opening its physical and digital doors. You can explore the cutting-edge facilities, chat to inspiring staff and students and hear from industry how RMIT will prepare you for the future of work, face-to-face or from the comfort of your own home.

    Meet lecturers and staff members who are leaders in their field and who apply their expertise directly to programs. See what makes RMIT a unique learning experience and hear industry leader’s talk about the future of life and work and what it means for you.

    At the forefront of classroom design, teaching spaces encourage collaborative and student-centred learning. Walk the New Academic Street to see the latest student study spaces.

    If you’re not able to make it to campus, or just interested in having a sneak preview, you can explore the buildings and campuses online. With maps and 360 tours you’ll be able to see what they have to offer and what life at RMIT is like.

    Find out more here

  • ACU Open Days

    Online: Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why attending Open Days virtually or in person is a great idea.  ACU are running both on-campus and online Open Days. The choice is yours – immerse yourself in the campus atmosphere or chat online from the comfort of home.

    Their on-campus Open Days will have a suite of in-person sessions, tours and activities, and online Open Days will offer live chat with staff and students.

    Join online

    You can also explore the Open Day website with a range of virtual resources including campus tours and photos, study area presentations, support and student life information, and more.


    Find out more here

  • Flinders Uni Open Days

    Friday 13th and Saturday 14th August, 9.00 am – 3:00 pm

    This year Flinders Open Days will be held on campus on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th August 2021.

    Keep up to date with all the events and activities around Flinders Open Days 2021 by registering to receive updates.

    Find out more here

    There will be a bus taking Years 10 – 12 students to Flinders on Friday 13th August.  To register please call in to the careers office.

  • Who should go to Open Days?

    The short answer is everyone.

    Well that is to say anyone who is planning on a tertiary education (and that includes TAFE and VET of course).

    Perhaps you think that Year 12’s are the only people who should go to Open Days. Well they are definitely a large part of the target audience. But if you’re in Years 10 & 11 and thinking about Uni, you could definitely benefit from going to open days this year too.

    Open Days are also for parents who’d like to know more about university. If you’d like to support your children’s wishes to continue studying after high school, then go along and get amongst it all. It can actually be really handy for potential uni students to have family and friends along, someone to mull things over with later, or ask questions they might otherwise forget. You never know, parents could be inspired to take up studying again and enrol to do a course.

    Mature students, friends and siblings, the doors are open for everyone.

    Unless you’re adamant that you’ll be starting an apprenticeship or heading straight into full time work as soon as you leave high school, spending some time at open days will be a great investment of your time, to give you more information to assist with future planning and decision making.

    Which open day attendee are you?

    • The Ditherer

    Unsure about Uni? Great, go along to open days, see how the lifestyle might suit you, see if the courses and the staff inspire you, speak to current students to get their opinion (they’ll be honest about the best and worst parts about further education).

    Whether you leave feeling excited about going to Uni or deciding it’s definitely not for you, at least you’ll have all the facts to make your decision moving forward.

    Struggling to decide which course to do, what has the best career outcomes?

    The good folk at Uni will be able to answer all your questions. Reassure you about your choices or suggest alternatives that could suit you better.

    You’ll need to consider any course prerequisites, the ATAR that’s required for the course, are there alternative pathways that could get you into the courses you’d like to do if you don’t meet the ATAR etc. You could also ask about work experience or internship opportunities as part of the course, industry networking opportunities and graduate employment outcomes.

    • Unsure about which Uni

    If you know what course you’d like to do but can’t decide between two or more Uni’s, then the absolute best way to decide is to pay them a visit.

    One might have better facilities, a more exciting course, internship or work opportunities. Maybe it’ll just come down to which campus you felt more comfortable in, which staff were more welcoming, or which one had the best and most affordable accommodation and transport options.

    • The Rock

    The ultimate in decision makers, you’re 100% certain about which Uni you want to go and which course you’ll be listing at the top of your preferences – well done you, you’re in a fantastic position right now.

    Why not go along to the open day anyway – familiarise yourself with the campus, see what accommodation is available, check out the social scene and speak with the lecturers and staff you’ll be working with next year. You could also ask about scholarships offered at the university and look around for job opportunities that you could apply for when you’ve made the move.

    Take some time to attend another open day or two, you might find another Uni that suits you even better or find a course that blows you away. If not, you know that your first choice is the best option for you.

    • The Snaffler

    Out to get every goodie bag, freebie and coupon that’s out there?

    Well this speaks for itself really doesn’t it. What’s better than a free day out?

    A free day out with goodies, surely. Pick up your free tote bag at the start of the day. Try any workshops and activities. You might even snag a free feed.

    Don’t forget to register for any competitions being run as well, you never know what you could win.

    And you might come away with a bonus headful of ideas about a course you’d love to do or a Uni you’d love to study at.

    • The Interrogator

    Ready with quick fire questions?

    Fantastic – draw up your list of questions and join the masses, speak to all the professionals, current students and staff.

    You could find out more than you bargained for or help other future students by asking questions they’re too shy to ask, or just hadn’t thought of yet.

    • The Wallflower

    You’re usually the one hanging back, not sure who or what to ask and terrified of having to make eye contact.

    Fear not, if you’re shy, you don’t have to engage if you don’t want to. You can be an anonymous face in the crowds, but you’ll still get to take in the surroundings, soak up the atmosphere and gain a little bit more confidence ready for next year.

    Take a friend or parent if this is you, they’ll help you feel more at ease and might pick up on things you could miss.

    Take advantage and go along

    Regardless of which type of attendee you are, there are benefits to going to at least one open day.

    We recommend that you go to a few if you can.

    They’re designed to be fun as well as informative, so they should be a good day out.

  • Year 12 early offers for guaranteed entry to Bond in 2022

    In a disrupted world, Year 12 students have shown incredible resilience in adapting to the ongoing challenges presented by the events of recent years.

    Year 12 students can be assessed now for a guaranteed offer from Bond University for 2022 entry conditional on the completion of Year 12. Applications will be assessed based on their first semester Year 12 results and meeting any subject prerequisite requirements for their program.

    Find out more here

Training and Work

Job Opportunities
Full time: Old scholar, Pete Mann, has a number of coffee based commercial activities happening and is looking for any foodie/cafe/hospitality inspired old scholars who would be keen to join his team at either Octeine or Canopy cafes. For more details please email

Part time: A friend of a friend of the College has just opened The Elatte Mediterranean Restaurant (8-10 Jetty Road Glenelg) situated in Moseley Square. They are now looking for casual/part time staff. You can find them on instagram search elatte_glenelg to see the ad. DM your resume or call in to the restaurant between 2-4pm.

Talking Virtual Work Experience with Grandshake
Grandshake is an online skills platform providing FREE work experience, career guidance and industry mentoring to all Australian students within Australia.

The platform is built upon their belief that all students should have access to industry opportunities within STEM, no matter their geographic location or financial situation. Therefore, all offerings are free, accessible through any WIFI device anywhere and customisable to every student’s time schedule.

Each work experience occurs across a 4 week period, where students complete weekly check-ins, connect with industry mentors, and deliver their own real-world project.

Through completing Grandshake virtual work experiences students learn the skills necessary to thrive in their chosen industry and how to apply them within a professional environment. Find out more here

Virtual Retail Work Experience with Lone Clothing Co.
From designing custom retail pieces, experimenting with retail marketing trends to pitching your own shop fit out, this placement gives you access to what a future-focused world of retail can offer.

You will have to complete five projects, each focusing on a different part of retail life. You will need to submit your work to the Lone Clothing Co. team to access unique feedback. Once you have completed all projects to a legit and high standard, you will receive accreditation to place on your resume. Learn more

Virtual Hospitality Work Experience with Wil & Sons
Whether it is diving into the morning coffee rush, organising collaborations with local music talent to getting your head around the social and fast-paced energy that is the DNA of café culture, this placement gives you access to what a future-focused world of hospitality can offer, from the streets of Newcastle to the café strips of New York.

You will have to complete five projects, each focusing on a different part of hospitality life. You will need to submit your work to the Wil & Sons team to access unique feedback. Once you have completed all projects to a legit and high standard, you will receive accreditation to place on your resume. Learn more

Outback Pilot Cadet Program
If you’re keen to become a pilot and looking to get in flying hours as well as learn the skills hands on, then the Outback Pilot Cadet Program could be for you. You’ll get training and real-life practice in remote communities. Experience all aspects of working in a commercial operation, get familiar with outback life, and gain valuable knowledge about the different conditions and settings outback pilots encounter.

You can enrol in the program and start your flight training with no previous flying experience and then graduate as a skilled pilot. You’ll be trained by Flight Options Pilot Academy and undertake work experience with Chartair. Receive a Certificate of Completion if you successfully finish the program and may be even get the opportunity to be employed with Chartair. You can get more information about the course or apply online here.

Spotlight on Careers

  • Five STEM Careers for People who want to Work Outdoors

    Would you rather spend your days on your feet in the great outdoors than stuck behind a desk? If you think STEM jobs are all about sitting in front of computers and in labs, think again.

    There are heaps of careers in STEM that can take you all over the world, and let you get your hands dirty.

    Careers with STEM has made a video showcasing five jobs in STEM you could consider if you want to work outdoors.

    Watch the video here

  • Pathways for a Career in Space

    Have you ever thought about working in space, but don’t like the idea of all that anti-gravity astronaut training?

    The Australia Space Discovery Centre have some great information about the huge variety of types of jobs you can do in the space industry, so if you’re into STEAM (STEM with Arts), space, or science, check them out. Their jobs include:

    • Space Lawyer
    • Intelligent Game Developers
    • Propulsion Engineers
    • Software Developers
    • Project Managers
    • Work, Health and Safety Officers

    Want to learn more in just 2 minutes? Watch the video

  • How to become a Park Ranger

    Be a protector – of ecosystems, wildlife, and people

    What do Park Rangers do?

    Park Rangers are part of a team who work on the ground to monitor, preserve, and maintain State or national parks, scenic areas, historic sites, nature reserves, recreation areas or conservation reserves. They are guided by policies and laws and act to enforce those where necessary.

    If you are passionate about conservation and education, love being outdoors and are great at communicating, this could be an ideal career to explore further.

    About you:

    • Excellent communication and leadership skills
    • Physically fit, practical and resilient
    • Passionate and well informed
    • Flexible approach to work
    • Great customer service and conflict resolution
    • Enjoy outdoors work in all weather
    • Organisational, project management and teamwork skills

    The job:

    • Patrol, monitor, and assess natural and recreational areas
    • Identify and eradicate invasive and pest species
    • Identify and protect endangered species
    • Promote and maintain the parks assets
    • Work to control fire, flood and other damage
    • Build relationships and work co-operatively with indigenous owners and communities
    • Grant permits, enforce laws and assist with research and volunteer projects
    • Maintain and develop visitor facilities, boundaries and signage
    • Respond to emergency situations
    • Deliver information, reports, and education to visitors, schools and stakeholders

     Lifestyle Impact: Medium

    • Part Time opportunities: Low – only 19% of Park Rangers work part-time (source:
    • Average hours for full-time workers: 41 hours a week, which is average (source:
    • Park Rangers’ salary (average) $80,000* per year (Source: *Salaries vary depending on your skills and experience.
    • Future career growth: Strong (Source:
    • You’ll likely be working weekends, holidays and other maybe even sometimes at night, and you’ll need to be confident living and working in remote areas.

    If you’re really passionate consider a university degree such as Bachelor of Environmental Management or Bachelor of Environmental Science.

Interesting Stuff

Start up your Food Business Idea

If you love food and you’ve got entrepreneurial skills as well as being something of a whizz in the kitchen, then starting up your own foodie business could be heaven for you and your food loving customers.

Cordon Bleu have come up with three Tips from an Innovation Expert on how to go about getting started. They include:

  • The basics that you’ll need to consider (the 5 P’s)
  • Having a think big or go home attitude
  • How to develop inspiration insights that will give your business the boost it needs in a competitive market.

Read the full article here.

Four tips to get smart about money

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.

Here are four top tips:

1.  Set up a bank account if you haven’t already

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.

2.  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.

3.  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

You could write meal plans and cook in bulk, find free activities to do in your spare time, or recycle all your cans and bottles for extra cash.

4.  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 your money isn’t too easy to get to, otherwise you could be more tempted to dip into it.

Disclaimer: Statements on careers and courses included in this newsletter are not necessarily those of Sacred Heart College. i.e. The text of notices on courses and industry prospects may be taken directly from their correspondence/publicity material. Some material taken from Study Work Grow (South Australia Careers News).