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EYNESBURY TIMES 2016

Term 4 2016 Results, International Student of the Year, Bond Scholarship Recipient, Academic Citations, Citizenship Medallion, Teacher in focus, Feast Festival, Creative writing, photo galleries and much more!


IN THIS EDITION

Class of 2016 SACE Results

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Uni & Careers Pathways

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Bond Scholarship - Bella Lancelaux

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International Student - Academic Excellence Award

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Citizenship Medallion

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Academic Citations

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Year 12 Final Fundraiser BBQ

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Politics Visit

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Teacher Feature - Janine Campbell

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Fast Tracked to Medicine

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Choosing a Uni

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Creative Writing - Poems

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My Pathway to Medicine

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Safe School

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Teacher in Focus - Mel Smith

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Time through the hourglass - Zidan Nguyen

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Trailblazing Gemma Cowling

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Dracula Review

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Where are they now?

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Photo Galleries

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2017 Term 1 Calendar

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PRINCIPAL’S NOTE

Some of our highest achieving Year 12 students are featured on the front cover.

Jim Teh was awarded a Citizenship Medallion by Rachel Sanderson MP. This is a significant achievement that recognises and encourages students who have gone above and beyond the normal level of involvement and have excelled in their schooling or extra-curricular activities during the course of the year.

Congratulations to all students and especially those who received merit awards, personal bests and gained their first preference at Universities, both here and interstate. We are all immensely proud of you all!

Bella Lancelaux received a scholarship to Bond University where she is undertaking her Bachelor of Business Law, and Shannon McGarry takes up a National Scholars Scholarship at Australian National University.

Well done to Shannon McGarry, who was given the highest accolade of the SACE, a Governor’s Commendation Award.

This edition includes colourful features of school events, including Graduation, a mannequin challenge video from Transition morning and interviews with Eynesbury Old Scholars who are pursuing their diverse passions.

Welcome to the Term 4 edition of the Eynesbury Times. Our 2016 graduates achieved outstanding SACE results, setting the bar high for the Class of 2017.

The dedication of teachers at Eynesbury and the hard work of students can also be seen in the Academic Citations awarded to sixty Year 10 and Year 11 students.

Thank you to the Eynesbury community for a wonderful 2016, and I look forward to the many adventures that 2017 will bring. Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL

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RECAP ON THE OUTSTANDING 2016 SACE RESULTS Well done to the Class of 2016 on outstanding SACE Results, merit awards and personal bests! Eynesbury Senior College students consistently place amongst the highest achievers of the SACE and, in 2016, the tradition continued. Impressively, 5% of students achieved an ATAR of over 99, placing them in the top 1% of the nation. 13% of students achieved an ATAR of over 98, placing them in the top 2% of the nation, 27% of students achieved an ATAR over 95, placing in the top 5% of the nation, and 40% of students achieved an ATAR over 90, placing them in the top 10% of the nation.

The 2016 Honour Roll Zidan Nguyen Jane Kim

99.65 99.50

Samantha Maiolo Shannon McGarry Jennifer Nguyen Jayal Amaratunga Kian Rafie-Ardestani Ellie Kong Raaj Masaud

99.10 99.00 98.95 98.95 98.45 98.15 98.10

Left to Right: Zidan Nguyen, Jennifer Nguyen, Samantha Maiolo, Ellie Kong, Shannon McGarry, Kian Rafie-Ardestani.


2016 SACE STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

ZIDAN NGUYEN ZIDAN NGUYEN

JANE KIM JANE KIM

SHANNON MCGARRY SHANNON MCGARRY

DUX of Eynesbury

International Student of the Year - Academic Excellence (School)

Highest accolade of the SACE, a Governor’s Commendation Award

Merit - Mathematical Studies

Merit - Psychology

A+ Australian & International Politics

A+ Physics

Merit - Mathematical Studies

A+ Research Project B

A+ Specialist Mathematics

Merit - Research Project B

ATAR 99.65

ATAR 99.50

Senior College Merit - English Studies

Future pathway: Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at The University of Adelaide.

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A+ GRADES

11

MERITS

ATAR 99.00

Future pathway: Bachelor of Medicine in Adelaide or Melbourne.

ACROSS

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SUBJECTS

Future pathway: Double Degree, Bachelor of International Relations with a minor in German or Arabic and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at Australian National University (ANU). Recipient of National Scholars Scholarship to ANU.

Australian & International Politics, Biology, Business & Enterprise, Classical Studies, Dance, Drama, English Studies, Mathematical Studies, Physics, Psychology, Research Project B, Specialist Mathematics, Workplace Practices.

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UNI & CAREER PATHWAYS ACCEPTED INTO THEIR FIRST PREFERENCE BY STUDY AREA

ACCEPTED INTO THEIR FIRST PREFERENCE UNIVERSITY

HEALTH SCIENCES, MEDICINE, NURSING

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY

ARTS, HUMANITIES AND MEDIA STUDIES

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

BUSINESS, COMMERCE AND MANAGEMENT

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT LAW AND JUSTICE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES TOURISM

ACCEPTED INTO THEIR FIRST PREFERENCE BY COURSE


BELLA’S SCHOLARSHIP TO BOND UNIVERSITY

BELLA LANCELAUX, CLASS OF 2016 BOND UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT At the start of the year, I had no clue what I wanted to study or where I wanted to go. I told myself that I would investigate every university option I saw, to ensure my options were open. My interest in Bond was triggered by an Adelaide representative from the university visiting Eynesbury. The Bond lifestyle gives a sense of an overseas experience, but of course, you’re only interstate! This was one part which excited me. I was also amazed by the ability to complete courses in a shorter amount of time than regular universities. At first, I was unsure about applying to Bond, as the fees are a lot higher than universities in Adelaide. This is due to the smaller classes, facilities and fast tracked courses. However, I soon learnt that I was eligible to apply for the Collegiate Excellence Scholarship, as Eynesbury Senior College is a partner of Bond. I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to apply. The process was fairly simple, as it was all online and initially just involved some time invested in writing statements and providing documentation. I was then selected to have an interview with the Adelaide Bond representative. This was done over Skype and I was asked general questions about why I felt Bond should give me the scholarship. Overall, it was a very simple process and I was eventually awarded the 50% scholarship. This encouraged me in my decision to come to Bond.

@bonduniversity @madigan_ed

@stokeslifestyle


I am studying a Bachelor of Business Law and am loving the subjects I have had to choose from! All the lecturers and teachers have been very clear and easy to understand. It is very comforting knowing that they are there to help, which is one of the things that makes Bond different. You are also on a first name basis with your teachers. I am currently living on campus at Bond. The campus is huge and beautiful, with the Arch being a highlight. My accommodation is located just outside of the central area of campus but it is only a 5 minute walk to most of my classes. Accommodation is not covered in the scholarship and has to be paid separately per semester. Living on campus feels unreal, as you are so close to everything you need and is a great way to make friends. The best thing I have discovered on campus is the Bond Express. It is Bond’s mini supermarket and is good for stocking up on food and all emergency items! It’s very strange at first, as I have discovered how difficult it is moving out and having more responsibility. However, every student is going through the same thing; everyone is lovely and always offering to help out. So far, I would recommend that anyone who is interested in experiencing the lifestyle that Bond has to offer should apply for this university! It is also worth seeing what scholarships you are eligible for, as this makes the decision easier when it comes to cost. Without the scholarship I may not have been able to afford the tuition.

Congratulations to Jane Kim, winner of the 2016 International Student - Academic Excellence (School) Award. The Award was presented by the Governor of South Australia, His Excellency, the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO, at Government House. “It was a surprise to win but so exciting! I received a travel voucher for a 2 day tour to Kangaroo Island, valued at over $800,” said Jane. Originally from Korea, Jane came to Adelaide in 2008. She joined Eynesbury for Year 10 in 2014. “The biggest change for me, when I moved to Australia, was school. Prior to coming to Eynesbury, I didn’t have the academic support or recognition. Eynesbury has been amazing in helping me achieve my potential. I want to do medicine next year and if I stayed in Korea, I don’t think I would have had the confidence or support to achieve the results needed,” said Jane. “I plan to continue studying in Australia, studying Biomed and then postgraduate Medicine at Melbourne University,” said Jane. Eynesbury International Student Award Winners 2015

Jubilee Xu, Highly Commended Award

2014

Greg Oh, Highly Commended Award

2013

Yuxuan Liew, Highly Commended Award

2012

Sean Oh, Academic Excellence Award

2016


CITIZENSHIP MEDALLION

JIM TEH, YEAR 12 STUDENT How did it feel to be awarded the Citizenship medal? The Citizenship medal is one of my greatest achievements and I am very grateful and honoured for it. Upon receiving the award, it has reassured me and it encourages me to work harder and be more diligent. I am so thankful for the opportunity and the support I have been provided throughout the year, as I would not have been as successful in my studies without Eynesbury. Tell us about joining Eynesbury. I started my Year 11 studies with Eynesbury in February 2016. Truthfully, at that time, I was completely unprepared and overwhelmed by the notion of independent overseas study. To make matters worse, I was two weeks late into the first semester and it immediately entailed a lot of catch up work. Fortunately, with the caring hospitality and continued support from various sources especially from new friends, my homestay and the Eynesbury support services, I genuinely felt and continue to feel welcome in Adelaide. Why did you choose Eynesbury? Prior to moving to Adelaide, I have always been passionate about being involved in the medical field. Naturally, my parents realised the importance of enrolling me in a conducive educational institution, in which I can easily acquire academic guidance from professionals and prepare myself for university education. Eynesbury was our final decision and I can quite confidently say it was the right choice.

Rachel Sanderson MP & Jim Teh.

Coming from Malaysia, I had been exposed to three languages (English, Mandarin and Malay) since I was young. This had been advantageous to my communication with people from different backgrounds and consequently enriched my stay in Australia. The most distinct difference between Eynesbury and my former school is that Eynesbury celebrates and respects diversity among students. In my opinion, this is beneficial to students as they are appreciative of each other’s traditions and cultures. More importantly, I am grateful for the effort which Eynesbury spends to help new students adapt to the community, especially International Students who are at a disadvantage due to language barriers. What would you say is the Eynesbury difference? Eynesbury encourages independent learning, where students are responsible for attending classes and revising their studies. The flexible timetable prepared by the College also prepares me and my fellow students for university life. Although we have to be self-motivated at all times, teachers are still very interested in my personal goals and try their best to help me achieve my dreams. I am able to work at my own pace while receiving invaluable advice and support from the Eynesbury staff.


ACADEMIC STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT Year 10 & Year 11 Honour Roll 7 Academic Citations John Beji Daniel Amy Goussios Jim Teh

6 Academic Citations Eliza Bastian Freya Monteith 7 Academic Citations. Left to Right: Claire Flenley, Amy Goussios, John Beji Daniel, Tyson Wood, Jim Teh & Holly Langridge.

5 Academic Citations. Back Row Left to Right: Jordan Routley, Maria Tran, Jarrad Scaffidi-Muta, Joe Cook, Bonnie Blacker, Annja Haywood. Front Row Left to Right: William Broderick, Annelise Delic, Anjali Malhotra, Jack Hislop.

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6 Academic Citations. Left to Right: Eliza Bastian, Tyson Wood & Holly Langridge.


YEAR 10 & 11 SEMESTER 2 ACADEMIC CITATIONS

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STUDENT CITATION RECIPIENTS

ACROSS

27 SUBJECTS

44

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS

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OVERALL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

104

Ancient Studies, Biology, Business Studies (Financial Literacy), Chemistry, Creative Writing, Drama, Economics, English, English as an Additional Language, Essential Mathematics, French (Continuers), General Mathematics, History, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mathematical Methods, Nutrition, Modern History, Personal Learning Plan, Physics, Research Practices, Research Project, Research Project (Stage 2), Science, Specialist Mathematics, Studies of Society and Environment, Visual Arts – Art, Visual Arts – Design.

EXCELLENCE OF EFFORT

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YEAR 12 FINAL BBQ FUNDRAISER

BBQ photos and article

Raaj Masaud, Yoge Senthilkumar and Zidan Nguyen organised the final BBQ for the Year 12s. “October is Breast Cancer awareness month so we decided to make the BBQ a fundraiser as well,” said Yoge. “Almost everyone has had their lives touched by cancer, whether that be a family member or friend,” said Raaj. Calling it ‘Possibly the world’s greatest shave,’ Joel Farley also raised money for the cause. The highest donor had the honour of shaving his head! Joel Gray was the highest donating student. It was his first time using clippers but he managed well. Joel did think that Joel Farley might need a proper hair cut over the weekend to tidy it up! Overall, nearly $500 was raised and the Year 12s enjoyed their last day on campus in costume. The theme was sports, TV and movies.

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POLITICS VISIT Ned Smith, Class of 2016 student, works at the Torrens Foodland and often serves Steve Georganas MP. As a surprise for their final Politics class, teacher, Tyson Wood arranged for Steve to visit. Ned even received a signed poster! Steve always had a passion for politics, reading the paper religiously. Originally he didn’t know what he wanted to do. He started accounting but found this boring and went on to become a taxi driver, worked in factories and supermarkets before working in a Labor office. He had found his calling! “You have to love it! It is exciting - but there also could be something wrong with me. Elections are nerve wracking,” laughed Steve. “My advice is to try not to stress, stay positive no matter what, everything will fall into place!” said Steve. Eynesbury Senior College is one of only three schools to offer Politics as a subject. “Last year, students looked at a variety of topics, including constitutional representation, media and how it impacts, differences between political parties and the US election.” said Tyson Wood. Tyson was inspired to become a teacher in legal studies and politics, and was taught by Janine Campbell. “Don’t tell people that, makes me sound old! However, it is quite a compliment to inspire a student to teach your subject. He was a great student and he is a great teacher,” said Janine. A number of students have signed up for different political parties.


TEACHER FEATURE

JANINE CAMPBELL

How long have you been teaching? I’ve been teaching for 16 years and this is my fourth year at Eynesbury.

What subjects do you teach? History – because I love analysing how the world has developed over time. Legal Studies – because it’s in the news every day which makes it interesting and relevant to teach.

What do you enjoy about teaching at Eynesbury? The relaxed environment, the friendly staff and students.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Janine Campell and Margaret Ann Copeland.

Flamenco dancing, playing guitar and reading. My favourite restaurant is... At the moment I am into:

Bread and Bone – they have the best burgers.

TV Series The Walking Dead and Veep. I’ve just finished reading The Good Earth Trilogy by Paul Buck, which is about China in the first half of the 20th Century. It was a great read, and I can understand why the author won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.

The best shopping is... Around the corner from Eynesbury - the Central Markets for fresh veggies!

My dream holiday destination is... Seville, Spain!

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FAST TRACKED TO MEDICINE

JYOTHIRMAYE KUPPA, CLASS OF 2010 Jyothi was the youngest student accepted to Eynesbury and was the first to undertake the Early Entry Scholarship Program. She completed her SACE at aged 15 with a perfect score (99.95) and merits in four of her subjects. Joythi has just completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at The University of Adelaide and will begin her internship this year.

How did you find the transition to University? Eynesbury was very helpful in encouraging students towards independent learning, which is key in university. I thought it was a good balance between school, where teachers give you all the learning materials, and university, where you take control of your own study. However, I did find the first year university tough, and although Eynesbury was helpful in many ways, I think the transition to university will often be a challenging experience. Why did you choose Medicine? Medicine was something I always had in mind, and other courses that I looked up in Year 12 did not interest me as much. I was interested in the study of the human body and interaction with people.

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Anne Luong, Tien Bui, Jyothi Kuppa and Shashwati Das.


What advice would you give on successfully completing the prerequisite subjects? I understand that the prerequisites for MBBS remain the same as during my time, including Biology, Chemistry, or Mathematical Studies. I undertook all three subjects simply because I was interested and had done similar subjects in Year 11. I enjoyed Biology, as it involved the study of living beings, and Mathematical Studies for its problem solving. If I had to advise on one subject out of the three, I would highly recommend undertaking Biology. First year MBBS at The University of Adelaide has a significant Biology component, which is quite fast-paced. The entire Year 12 Biology course was covered in the first few weeks, and the rest was all new information. It was challenging for those who had undertaken Biology before, but more so for those who had not. Did you do a UMAT prep course? Did you find it helpful and in what areas? Yes, I did MedEntry in Year 12 in preparation for UMAT. I did find it helpful, especially in familiarising myself with the types of questions and practising answering them in a quick time. I also found the feedback and tips useful. However, despite all the practice, I still found the UMAT exam difficult; I don’t think any amount of practice can really determine your performance on the day. Do you have any tips about successfully completing the UMAT application process? I would suggest practising some questions beforehand to understand the type of questions in UMAT. Did you do work experience in a clinical environment prior to finishing school? Yes, my work experience was in the radiology department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. I would recommend some sort of work experience in the medical field e.g. hospital/nursing home/Royal Flying Doctor Service. How did you choose your preferred course? I chose MBBS at Adelaide Uni as my first preference, and then MBBS at Flinders Uni. I wanted to stay in

“I really recommend applying for Medicine interstate... keep an open mind, and don’t be disheartened if your first plan does not work out.” Jyothi Kuppa.

Adelaide and study, and these were the only two universities offering Medicine. Flinders had only recently started its undergraduate program at the time and had a smaller number of students, thus I chose Adelaide as my first preference. Did you have a backup plan? I applied for Medicine at most interstate universities, including Sydney, Queensland, Perth, Tasmania and Melbourne. My first preference was to study Medicine at home, in Adelaide. My backup options were studying interstate, wherever I received an offer. My next backup was enrolling in a course at Adelaide Uni and then to tertiary transfer into Medicine. I didn’t really have a nonmedicine back-up as I was not interested in most other courses. However, I would recommend students to consider other options if they were interested, in helping them determine if Medicine is really what they want. What advice would you give to students wanting to do Medicine? If Medicine is what you really want to do, then I would recommend pursuing it with effort. There are several prerequisites for Medicine, and several pathways. If you are open to moving interstate, I really recommend applying for Medicine interstate, as each university has different requirements. I know many students can fall short in UMAT, but there are a few universities who don’t have a significant emphasis on UMAT. Apart from the undergraduate entry, there is also the option to tertiary transfer within Adelaide Uni, and the post-graduate entry via GAMSAT. If you are ambivalent about studying Medicine, consider other courses you are interested in; you can always tertiary transfer after the first or second year. So, I would simply advise to try your best and keep an open mind, and don’t be disheartened if your first plan does not work out.


CHOOSING A UNIVERSITY CHOOSING PRACTICAL ADVICE A UNI

How do you choose the right university, or the right degree? What should you focus on? How do you weigh up the different elements involved? The whole process can seem daunting when it feels like so much is at stake, especially after the stress of finishing Year 12. The first thing to do is take a deep breath. You are surrounded by many sources for advice, including your teachers, Eynebsury’s careers counsellor, your parents, extended family and friends.

work out their area of interest! It is becoming quite common to do a generalist degree, which gives you more options, and then top off your undergraduate degree with a masters in the profession of your choice. In fact, that is an increasingly global trend: go abroad at undergraduate and then specialise at master’s. Many students decide that taking a gap year is the best plan for them before starting university, and others know what pathway they want to follow. If you know what you want to do and have the marks – then go for it!

Keep things in perspective Your life won’t be ruined if you don’t get into the university or degree of your absolute first choice. Another university may be the solution or a bridging course. There are degrees you can do before transferring into your chosen course. You have many options available to help you reach your preferred pathway. The world of work is changing rapidly and many jobs that will be available when you graduate may not have been invented yet! If you haven’t made up your mind just yet, that’s OK! Young people are likely to go through five to seven major career changes over their lifetime, which means a narrow focussed degree may not set you up for the future. Businesses are looking for well-rounded graduates, the kind of people who can keep learning, deal with change and contingency, understand and communicate actively. Many students start one degree and then transfer to another when they

Visit and Review In Australia, we are fortunate to have an extraordinary range of high-quality universities in just about every part of the country. Many are in the top 1% of universities worldwide. That is truly amazing when you factor in that Australia accounts for only around 0.3% of the world’s population.

Your life won’t be ruined if you don’t get into the university or degree of your absolute choice...You have many options available to help you reach your preferred pathway.


So before you even get started, you will have a fantastic array of high-quality universities and degrees to choose from. Each will have strengths and weaknesses and distinctive things on offer. So dream big. Explore different options. Don’t limit yourself to what your mates are talking about, or your Uncle Nigel’s views about arts degrees. One of the best ways to experience a university is to visit them. Eynesbury has excursions to the local university campuses every year, but it is also beneficial to visit the campuses during an Open Day. Make sure you check out the academic facilities

Each will have strengths and weaknesses and distinctive things on offer. So dream big. Explore different options. Don’t limit yourself to what your mates are talking about, or your Uncle Nigel’s views about arts degrees.

you’re expecting to use, whether it’s the library, IT suites or laboratories. Open Days also give you the general vibe of the campus. If you can’t make it to the university, try a virtual campus tour or research some online student forums to find out what the overall student experience is like. Do they have active student clubs and societies? Are there opportunities for an international exchange, internships or work placements? Are there good support services for students, including libraries, sports facilities and health services? Often the best sources of advice about these kinds of things are the various student guides available online and the student volunteers at Open Days. You you should always check with the university if you have any concerns or questions.

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Quality of the academic facilities and support network Some universities are well renowned for their academic research. It may not make a huge difference to your day-to-day studies, but you may benefit from tutors passing on their expertise. Having a degree from a highly ranked university could give you an edge with employers, depending on your chosen career, but don’t apply to a university based on academic reputation alone. Graduate employment rates tell you the percentage of graduates in paid employment. Strong links with employers helps to ensure the relevance of more vocational degrees (such as engineering and business courses) and equip you with work-ready skills. Visit the careers and employment information on university websites to find out more about the opportunities. Check out the course content Review the course content closely – similarsounding courses might actually cover quite different topic areas. Dig into the course detail using the university website or even by speaking to tutors on Open Days – what are the core and optional modules on offer? Do they sound appealing? If the course content interests you, then there’s a good chance you will enjoy studying the course for the next few years. Learn your ABC: accommodation, buses and costs Costs are obviously another important thing to consider. Tuition fees vary between different degrees, especially between some of the professional courses and more generalist ones. Living costs can vary between different cities and towns. Work out the best route to get to the university. For many students that means catching public transport.

Universities are investing more than ever in student scholarships and support. Ask early (and often) about the financial support on offer and pay close attention to their scholarship webpages, which are frequently updated. Don’t be shy. Universities want to attract the best students possible and they don’t want financial hurdles to get in their way.

Living out of home for university can be a tremendous experience – whether in student accommodation on campus, or in shared housing. It’s a great way to make new friends and connect with fellow students from around the world. But that will depend on your financial circumstances and where you choose to study. Universities are investing more than ever in student scholarships and support. Ask early (and often) about the financial support on offer and pay close attention to their scholarship webpages, which are frequently updated. Don’t be shy. Universities want to attract the best students possible and they don’t want financial hurdles to get in their way.


THE POINTE SHOE VICTORIA ADAMS Victoria Adams, Class of 2016 will study at the New Zealand School of Dance.

I’m a pretty thing.

effortless, graceful and delicate.

My unblemished, fair and slender appearance

I land my allegro and like air

makes me pleasing to the eye.

finish my pirouettes without a sound.

Fresh out of the box,

I articulate each movement

and carefully fitted and moulded,

poised and elegant,

I am made for nothing else but this.

enchanting the audience with ease.

Stretched, bashed, broken in places

I must make the most of the time I have on stage.

and glued back together.

Give it every ounce of my being

I endure pain for the thing I love.

and push myself beyond my boundaries

The only thing I know how to do.

to impress the audience.

The only thing I want to do.

The only thing I am made to do.

The only thing I am made to do. My career is short lived Trimmed and darned around the edges,

I serve my purpose

sewn in the right places.

and my dancing days take their toll on my body.

I am made unique, prepared for greatness.

Broken, injuries beyond repair.

My hard interior does not show,

I will be replaced by a younger, fresher dancer

it supports secretly, hiding within

and must graciously exit the stage.

my soft and delicate appearance.

Despite its short lifespan,

I do what the director tells me.

my career is a burst of great success.

He chose me because I fit.

I have radiated my beauty,

Having primed and coached me,

moved my audience, and shared my art.

worked me until I was just right,

It is the only thing I know how to do

I cannot disappoint.

without dance, what’s the pointe?

At my peak, ready for the show, I warm up and enter the wings. Now’s the time, gliding across the stage

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Dopey’s Story (Snow White Transformation) By Freya Monteith

I am one of seven a number far too broad. Snow spreads her time between us and yet I feel ignored.

Despite my devout, attentive ways this intruder felt entitled to take possession of her heart and leave my grief unbridled.

She cleans our home and cooks us meals all for warmth and shelter. But little does our new guest know she’s more than just a helper.

His stony lips met vivid red I looked upon in horror. As their kisses meant for me were unjustly laid upon her.

Since the night of her arrival that grey and bustling night frosted skin with wine-red lips have become my dearest sight.

With starry eyes my love awoke innocently in awe. She rose from death with open arms joyous with what she saw.

I found her in the house one day like ashes on the floor. Some wicked force had taken her. Beloved I had no more.

But those eyes were fixed upon the man who came here uninvited and her arms were wrapped around his neck How could she be delighted?

In the untouched preservation of a coffin made from glass her untouched body lay floating there above the grass.

Away they went off to his castle upon the silver horse. And there I stood in misery yet the Prince showed no remorse.

Day and night I’d sit and watch falling deeper in my love. I couldn’t bring myself to leave or hear the mourning dove.

For looks and perfect idleness had stolen Snow from me but no fight was given on her end she left with him carefree.

And without warning, one grievous day a horse approached like thunder. Upon it sat a hotshot Prince who gazed at her with wonder.

The love she held for a little Dwarf remained there in that coffin. For as Snow thawed from ‘true’ love’s kiss her heart had failed to soften.


Fear By Anniepreet Tuteja

You catch me by surprise each time you spin that delicately woven cobweb of yours, an intricate trap, ensnaring me, holding me hostage for the night. Your eight furry legs dance, creepily crawling in a synchronised rhythm, rejoicing at my plight. I am a puppet, and you are the master, biting the joy out of me, consuming all positivity, only to leave me blinded by darkness. Your black, bead-like eyes gleam, many icy beguiling jewels. They are a ploy, designed to manipulate me, while you swiftly brush past my naĂŻve skin, unfurling legs, encompass my hands, a fly trap closing in on its victim, asphyxiating.

You bite me, with ghastly fangs, a blood-thirsty vampire, infecting me with venom, inviting my wave of fears. Heightened breathing, dilating pupils, rising adrenaline excite you and hissing, spitting, baring fangs seduce me to trauma. Fear consumes me. The pain is not momentary, it is long-lasting, permanent. The aftermath of your bite, leaves an indelible mark, inflammation, itching. You scuttle away, attempting to flee but you can’t escape me I stomp on you, stomp on you, stomp on you. I wonder have you actually left? Because that web is immaculate as ever and your descendants lay out of sight, silent, comfortable in their nest.

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MY MEDICINE JOURNEY

GRATIA NGUYEN, CLASS OF 2010

When did you join Eynesbury and what is the Eynesbury difference? I joined Eynesbury in 2010 as a Year 11 student. I was looking for a school that gave me opportunities to build the career I wanted after school. Teachers at Eynesbury give students an incredible amount of support and care for their students beyond the academic sphere, making it conducive to personal and professional development. The students are all renaissance people but they do become your mates for life! The Eynesbury difference is not just about becoming an independent learner and excelling academically. It is also about challenging yourself, creating networks, and seizing opportunities. At Eynesbury you build confidence that empowers you during university and beyond. Eynesbury not only gave me an academic advantage; it gave me the resilience and motivation to do well at university and in life. I learned how to effectively manage my time while juggling multiple commitments. This is a key skill you utilise during university. Another key skill that students often haven’t mastered by the time they graduate from high school is prioritising; it’s harder than it sounds and it takes a lot of self-discipline, but the busy life at Eynesbury definitely helps!

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How did you find the transition to first year university? No, I didn’t find it hard at all. Eynesbury equipped me with a lot of fight for the transition between high school and university! Tell us about your university pathway. I enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Adv) and Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sydney because I wanted to have the flexibility to choose the units I wanted to take within science as well as pursuing a professional degree that I could take up as a career. I graduated from the B.Sc(Adv) with a major in Nanoscience and Technology in 2014. So it comes as no surprise that this was my first choice — I wanted to learn anything and everything about all kinds of science and the double degree granted me the freedom to do so. I’m going into my sixth year of university in 2017.


Did you always know what you wanted to do?

“If you’re really set, just do it. There’s nothing holding you back except yourself. Make informed decisions. If you already feel like you want to change, then that’s a strong enough indication that you can - that you should - change.” Gratia Nguyen.

I’ve always been an adventurous learner, which made it hard for me to decide which areas I should commit to in the beginning. I loved science and maths and all things in between. Throughout the process of deciding I learned a couple of lessons: 1) You don’t have to commit to a single profession straight out of high school. In fact, mixing and matching your study options at university in the beginning is a more efficient way to find out what you might like to take up as a career, rather than committing a professional degree and realising you don’t like it later on (and then quitting after a considerable amount of time). 2) Don’t be afraid to pave your own way and break from expectations other people have of you. This is very important. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? Try everything: try different subjects if your degree allows you to, join different societies, work on hobbies and pursue the things you’re passionate about (yes, it’s never too early or too late- do it while you have the time during first year because it gets busier!). Even if you already know exactly what you want to do, step out of your comfort zone and do a little more. You will learn a lot more about yourself and meet many different people who will become lifelong friends in the process! What advice would you give to students considering a similar pathway? Don’t stop at the Bachelor’s degree! If you’re ambitious and like opening doors, strive for postgraduate study. Go for double degrees to broaden your concentrations. Embark on exchanges! I was at Tohoku University’s winter school in Japan during July 2013 and it was the best experience I have had in my university life. It opened my eyes to the future of science globally and I established lifelong friendships with some of the most inspiring individuals. And finally, doing what you love is paramount.

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SAFE SCHOOL

As part of the Feast Festival Eynesbury held the ‘Show & Tell’ event which gave guests a real insight into the wonderful work of several South Australian schools and the role of Safe Schools Coalition SA who support them to be safer and more inclusive. Year 12 student, Edward Harris, was one of the key speakers. My name is Edward Harris, and I’m a transgender boy who dates people of all genders. That’s a statement that I wouldn’t be able to acknowledge at many schools, but is something that I’ve become quite comfortable talking about since moving to a Safe School. Obviously, that’s not how I generally introduce myself. “Hi, I’m Edward” generally suffices, but even that is a strangely controversial sentence. And so is holding my male partner’s hand. Many schools I’ve attended have had policies that either indirectly censor LGBTI students, and others that have gone for all out prohibition. Being part of a Safe School isn’t about painting the walls with rainbows or having lessons on how to bind my chest. It’s about replacing those restrictive and discriminatory schools rules with ones that protect kids like me from bullying, because frankly, we get enough of that in day to day life and don’t need it being embedded in school culture and having our harassers protected by teachers.


“Just as queer students are welcome, being a part of Safe Schools means that everyone is. However, because of the culture of the school, there is no platform where people are able to voice any hurtful remarks, because intolerance is not tolerated. I don’t think it’s just that it’s a senior college where we’re older and have more maturity, because I still laugh and joke about bodily fluids. I believe that it is the expectation that we are to be respectful and kind, which is something that everyone is able to meet.” Edward Harris.

Being part of the Safe Schools Coalition also is about the atmosphere. One of the most memorable things for me was in my first interview with Aldo, seeing signs on the door handles saying that students of all ethnicities, religions, sexualities and genders are welcome, and the posters in the library saying that homophobia and transphobia are not tolerated. It’s those small things that can make a massive difference in the lives of LGBTI kids. And that’s not to say that there aren’t students with different perspectives. Just as queer students are welcome, being a part of Safe Schools means that everyone is. However, because of the culture of the school, there is no platform where people are able to voice any hurtful remarks, because intolerance is not tolerated. I don’t think it’s just that it’s a senior college where we’re older and have more maturity, because I still laugh and joke about bodily fluids. I believe that it is the expectation

that we are to be respectful and kind, which is something that everyone is able to meet. It’s really no big deal to be a part of the Safe Schools Coalition, it’s made no change to what I learn, but it is a big deal for my mental health and the level of respect I have for myself and others. The school culture of love and consideration for others that is promoted by the Safe Schools Coalition has broadened my perception of the world, made attending classes less daunting, and has made a positive impact on both myself, and all of my peers that will last the rest of our lives.

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TEACHER IN FOCUS

MEL SMITH Tell us about your teaching career. 2017 will mark 20 years! Writing this down just made me realise how long I have taught in the Catholic system (first year teaching) and in the NT for 5 years, which was eye-opening. I have been at Eynesbury for 13 years and always find students surprise me. I teach Year 12 English Literary Studies, Year 11 English and Year 10 English. I am also a Mentor and have taught the Research Project. I have taught SOSE and junior History but not for a very long time (my first year teaching). I have been incredibly lucky to primarily teach English subjects for most of my teaching career, which I love, and it has allowed me to specialise. I am also one of the key people involved in the process to determine student needs, particularly in relation to support in organising themselves, managing learning disorders, identifying supports that will best serve them, and working as an advocate for these students with teachers.

role: “If I accept the other person as something fixed, already diagnosed and classified, already shaped by his past, then I am doing my part to confirm this limited hypothesis. If I accept him as a process of becoming, then I am doing what I can to confirm or make real his potentialities.� This is the central challenge in my role as Learning Support Manager, to help students develop by being aware of their needs, wants, and areas for growth, finding ways to support them and not defining them by an area of weakness or learning disorder. What do you enjoy about teaching? I enjoy the challenge of working with teenagers and all their complexities and seeing how they grow in an adult learning environment. I also love the fact that I am constantly surprised by their creativity, insightfulness and intelligent critical thinking.

I work with students one on one, in groups and through their teachers to help set goals, identify strategies and resources, and further develop their skills and resilience. I work closely with teachers across Faculties and the SWEL Team to support our students with learning support needs. I think the following quote by psychologist Carl Rogers is a good way of looking at this

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What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

My favourite restaurant is...

READING! I love spending time with my family, going to the Central Markets and indulging in some dodgy television.

I love the Mee Goreng, Kway Teow and Ho Fun at Malacca Corner at the Central Markets.

I also run a book club on facebook called Book Bathering which people are welcome to join. We have over 500 members now! What is you favourite book, TV series or movie? OOHHHHH this is too hard! Below is the tip of the iceberg. As a child - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl - I read this 30 times in Year 3. As a teenager -The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood was disturbing and enthralling, and I also loved reading Archie comics. At University - I fell in love with all of Angela Carter’s novels and short stories, The Bloody Chamber is subversive and wonderful. 3 favourite recent reads: 1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy - I cry and cry and cry when I do this with my Year 12s.

I also love Cliche in North Adelaide - French/Asian fusion food. The best hot chocolate can be found at.. Hot Chocolate at Lucias in the Central Markets. The best shopping is at... Mostly Books at Mitcham, Imprints Bookshop in Hindley Street, Shakespeare’s Bookshop at Blackwood... I sense a theme. Though Miskonduct Clothing in Newcastle is fabulous for 1950s style frocks. See some of Mel’s frocktastic outfits below! My dream holiday destination... Hmmmm I have been to France, Helsinki, Germany, Sweden and Denmark and I really love just going to Hobart. There is something wonderful about Hobart - it is like a small, hilly unpretentious Melbourne. That said, my boys want us to take them to Japan!

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness - I also cry and cry and cry when I do this with Year 10. 3. Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff - moving, wonderful, mythological.

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TIME THROUGH THE HOURGLASS - ZIDAN NGUYEN

There are moments in our lives which stand out in the grand scheme of things as extraordinary. These transcendent moments are precious and dear to our hearts in their own unique ways. However, these fleeting instances, as perfect as they are, must always come to an end due to the inevitability of time, as time is constantly reminding us to appreciate these moments while they last. There is no going back, no replaying, rewinding or repeating this exact snapshot when life was blissful; no way to stop the sand from slipping away as time will always pass by, floating down inexorably, slowly, definitely. Flipped around and the sand rushes through the thin neck of the hourglass, counting down the time precisely as a mother heats up milk in her baby’s bottle, nurturing him as she glances over to her new life. This elusive moment, simple but special, intensifies as she immerses herself in the simple sight before her, her child lying peacefully. She appreciates his beauty and innocence in this brief but full period of time. In silence, the sand trickles down in the background; although for them, it feels as if time has frozen as they are absorbed in their own world. As the milk heats up, she finds herself lost in the exactness of who she is, everything she has achieved and experienced, everything which lead to creating this beautiful life. She is free from everything past this very moment, free from everything that has yet to come. Here,

she finds herself enraptured by the world, one with it, for she is manifest as mother in this very moment, and then it stops. And he begins to cry. And the moment passes. He begins his turn to roll the dice, the family is centred around the board as the mother flips the hourglass, time slowly ticking down as he plans his move. The clever boy she raised, she stares at him in admiration in this moment of normality, appreciating every aspect of this snapshot in time. On this night with the family, she begins to savour the extraordinary in its simplicity as her little boy’s turn continues for what seems to feel like years, the sand in the hourglass yet to become clear. Although this is just another average day at home playing board games, she is able to fleetingly grasp its uniqueness and individuality, different in its own way than any other night that they have had before. She is grateful, overwhelmed by this feeling of completeness as she experiences happiness which cannot be described in mere words, bringing her to question, “why must it end?”. The authenticity of her emotions, the truthfulness of this moment is what makes it special - far from perfect - but magical nonetheless in its own, strange way. Within this moment, she is fulfilled, thankful for what she has as she is indulged in its very beauty, until the sand stops. And the buzzer rings. And the moment is now gone.


All grown up now, she clenches the hourglass in her hand as her son begins to present his speech. Now graduating, his mother sits in the audience and watches with great respect and love as carefully prepared words exit from his mouth. The sand now flowing down, his entire life has lead up to this very moment, every lesson he has learnt and experience that he has had. Learning to tie his shoelaces, kick a ball, ride a bike, and his first day of school; these are fleeting treasured moments. Moments frozen in time that she will never get back as her child has now matured, beginning a life of his own, and making new memories in her absence. Although a sad realisation, this moment is unforgettable, as the sand inescapably pours through the hourglass.

The fleeting nature of these moments alerts us to the inevitability of time, a constant reminder to appreciate these moments while they last, before they disappear. Every elusive moment, every single feeling and emotion is to be valued as time runs out, speckles along the spectrum of life to be experienced and truly lived as they stand out in our memories. We are not to be upset, nor to dwell over the disappearance of these moments, but rather to appreciate them while they exist and recognise their importance despite their momentary, short-lived nature. As the time passes by. And the sand falls through. And the hour glass will once again be flipped over.

And interrupted by the sound of the loud applause. And the moment evaporates. One moment evaporates only to be filled by another, a different noise, not peaceful, but incredible in its very nature; a very private celebration. A woman lies in the centre of the room, his wife, as doctors and nurses rush to her assistance. All he can do is stand by and watch, supporting her every step of the way but unable to lift her pain. This is the moment they have been waiting for, the past nine months of anticipation have led up to this final push as she must endure this pain and suffering, he is there, but she is alone and he feels her strength. The hourglass sits upon a desk located in the labour room counting down the time between her contractions, those calming moments of relief when they pass and she gasps for air, grasps his hand. She is all he can see and all he is able to focus on, observing this beautiful moment of welcome. And it swells in the crying of his newborn child And the moment is now gone.

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TRAILBLAZING GEMMA COWLING

GEMMA COWLING, CLASS OF 2015 Gemma made international news this year and is now making history as the first Australian-born transgender model.

How did you find you time at Eynesbury? I loved the sense of community at Eynesbury. The openness of the structure, the friendliness of the teachers and the accepting culture. They took a personal interest and respected individuality. I still am in contact regularly with Mel Smith despite finishing two years ago now!

Tell us about your career to date. I have always had an interest in fashion and I was scouted and signed early in 2016. It has been a little crazy since then but the reception has been really positive. I feel lucky to have had such interest and I want to educate the wider community on the issues of being transgender.

Gemma Cowling and Mel Smith..

I am by far not the first trans model — there are quite a lot, which I think is amazing because it’s just another case of proving transgender people just live their lives and do what everyone else does. I’m not going to lie ... it’s cool (to be the first Australian-born) ... but I’m just happy to be who I am and be doing what I’m doing.

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What does 2017 hold? I have just been signed to Marilyn New York. So 2017 holds some travel for me to the States!

You can see some of the stories featuring Gemma online via the links below and can follow her journey via instagram @iamgemmacowling or via her page on Facebook.

Elle UK, Mumamia, The Daily Mail, News.com.au, Fashion Journal, Clip Joint Fashion Week Video.

@iamgemmacowling Photograph by Agnieszka Chabros for i.d Vice, Aus/NZ @Azelea Models

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DRACULA REVIEW

The Year 11 Drama production of Dracula was a credit to both the students and teacher, Holly Langridge. “Fantastic show! Congratulations to all involved. I really enjoyed it!” said Fiona Thompson. “Well done, everyone. A fun, funny, warm and thought-provoking production,” said Mel Smith. Lawyer Jonathan Harker lives in England and is engaged to the lovely Mina. Jonathan visits Count Dracula’s crumbling mansion in the Carpathian Mountains to assist with a real estate transaction. Dracula bought a castle next to an asylum in England. While first impressed by Dracula, Jonathan soon becomes unnerved by the sinister goingson within the castle. Meanwhile, back in England, asylum inmate Renfield is raving about ‘not letting him in’ and Mina’s sister, Lucy is growing paler by the day. Dr Seward, in love with Lucy and fearful for her life, calls in his rival Van Helsing to help solve the mystery of her illness. Then Dracula arrives! “The students worked hard and the result was a high quality production that they should be proud of, “ said Holly Langridge.

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Tinderella (a comment on modern dating) By Taleisha Pagett

I can never find a prince, left, left, left, definitely left. Once things went slowly... Did you know his family? What was his reputation? And importantly, what was yours? Now, we cut to the chase faces on screens or other bits of flesh. Left, Left, all a bunch of frogs. Another picture, what is the difference all want the same thing, right ? Right? He had blonde hair blue eyes, a crisp smile do I swipe right? His bio, seems almost ...Normal. Right, definitely right. Wow, for once the photo matched the reality we had a decent conversation. I wasn’t left wishing I had gone … Left. He didn’t just want, what the typical Tinder prince wants, he is, Mr Right for the moment.

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OLD SCHOLAR FEATURE

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? BEN DAVEY - CLASS OF 2002 When did you make the move to Eynesbury and what did you most enjoy about your time at the College? I made the move to Eynesbury in Year 11, back in 2001 when the Kingswood Campus was still around. Coming from a regional high school, the part I enjoyed most about Eynesbury was the freedom it offered me. Suddenly I was treated like an adult. The teachers were also fantastic, and gave me the help I needed to really understand the subjects being taught. As far as subjects are concerned, I took the STEM pathway - English, Math 1, Math 2, Physics, Chemistry. In retrospect I regret not taking more of the arts based subjects offered by Eynesbury, but the subjects selected certainly equipped me for Engineering. Did you feel prepared for life after school? Absolutely. By the time I started at university, I felt like a veteran of the independent learning environment. Eynesbury provided the perfect mix of one-on-one tuition with teachers, and independent learning. This certainly helped to ease the transition to university studies.

“Coming from a regional high school, the part I enjoyed most about Eynesbury was the freedom it offered me. Suddenly I was treated like an adult.” Ben Davey.

Ben Davey.

Tell us about your career pathway. I’m currently Director of Product (and employee #5) for a 45-person startup based out of San Francisco called Geli. We’re doing some interesting things with computercontrolled solar devices and batteries. The vision is to work towards a world where people get their electricity from 100% renewable sources from their neighbours, rather than from centralized power stations hundreds of miles away. I’m very excited to say that I think South Australia might be the first place in the world where this technology is fully proven, due to our abundance of solar generation. I ended up working in this industry due to a love for both the environment and technology.


Prior to Geli, I was co-founder and CEO of MobileNation, which built a software design tool for building mobile applications. We started the business in Adelaide, and moved to the US in 2012 to attract Silicon Valley investors and grow the company with several Fortune 500 customers. Interestingly enough, my big passion while studying at Eynesbury was in electronic music and building music synthesizers. I never ended up chasing it as a career, but a lot of the ideas in products I’ve built or overseen the development of since have been influenced by this interest.

“I had my first interview at Eynesbury when I was 13, and at the time Year 10 was still on the drawing board!” Sam Dickinson.

with their own goals and reasons for choosing Eynesbury – and secondly – the incredibly passionate teachers who always went above and beyond to help us reach our potential. When I started at Eynesbury in 2009, I was part of the first Year 10 cohort. How did you go with Year 12 and what university degree did you enter into? I certainly wasn’t a straight A student by any means. I finished the year with an ATAR of 80.5 and was happy to be accepted to study my first preference, Bachelor of Management (Marketing) at the University of South Australia. In contrast to my area of work now, my best mark was for Biology and I received an A. Did you feel uni ready by the time you completed your SACE at Eynesbury?

SAM DICKINSON - CLASS OF 2011 Why did you join Eynesbury and what would you say is the Eynesbury difference? My early schooling was quite difficult, so when I heard about Eynesbury in Year 8 I thought it sounded fantastic. Being treated like an adult, no bells, being able to leave campus for lunch, and being surrounded by equally driven people. I had my first interview at Eynesbury when I was 13, and at the time Year 10 was still on the drawing board. My three years at Eynesbury were by far the best memories of my schooling. For me, the difference of Eynesbury was two fold: being surrounded by other driven, passionate people

Completely! I think being given that freedom when I started in Year 10 was fantastic for me in building my own organisation techniques, and also learning how to self motivate. If I didn’t, things just weren’t done - so it was something you just had to pick up quickly from the get go, and perfect along the way. This was something about Eynesbury which was immensely valuable in my further study and in the work today.

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How did you find the transition to university life and what was the most important lesson you learnt from your first year? I found the transition very easy. It wasn’t all that different to Eynesbury in my eyes. The only thing that hits you is the number of students and the lack of support. Sometimes that’s a bit difficult when trying to balance work and study. Also, group assignments are tough - I learned quickly not to be afraid to take an active role in group assignments, as you can’t expect the other members to deliver on time. There’s no shades of grey when handing it up, the person that did the least amount of work gets the same mark as you.

“I publish the City Brief. Since launching in 2015, I have published eight editions... and we have had a 100% pick up rate, meaning every copy we print has been picked up by choice reaching over 15, 0000 Sam Dickinson. readers per issue.” our selection purely on merit to remain independent and help promote small business. City Brief mainly appeals to the local inner city market, but also the discerning traveller.

What are you up to now?

From our first issue we have had a 100% pick up rate, meaning every copy we print has been picked up by choice, reaching over 15,000 readers per issue.

I publish the city guide, City Brief. Since launching in 2015, I’ve published eight editions of City Brief in Adelaide.

Alongside Adelaide, I also have a City Brief in Hamburg Germany, which has just published its third issue.

City Brief is a quarterly city guide with a goal to reinvent the city guide through a focus on simple communication and good design.

We’ve just launched a special edition of City Brief in Chinese in collaboration with SA Tourism for the launch of China Southern flights to Adelaide.

We feature only local independent places across nine categories; coffee, food, drinks, shops, culture, makers, events, neighborhoods and transport.

Early next year our inaugural City Brief Wine Guide will come off the press, showcasing our state’s world-class wine regions.

If possible, work with people you know well and don’t be afraid to be on people’s backs!

We don’t charge for features, curating

Did you always know what you wanted to do? What advice would you give someone considering following the same pathway? Absolutely not! For most of my time at Eynesbury I was dead set on studying dentistry and it wasn’t until I managed to sit down and really understand what I’m passionate about that I decided to go into business.

Find out more via the website citybrief.com.au

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I think the key is trying different things, whether that’s work experience or getting out and giving things a go. Being honest with yourself as to what you love and what you could imagine doing every day really helped me find what I’m passionate about, which I’m lucky to be doing now.


What do you do in your spare time? I’m lucky to be able to say that my work is very much something I enjoy to the point of it being like a hobby. However, I also enjoy photography and particularly drawing and designing new business concepts. I’m fascinated about the role of good design in business and building a brand – it’s the area I’m most passionate about in my work.

supportive and inclusive academic and social environment, with other students striving for academic excellence. What was the most important lesson you learnt from first year university? The most important lesson I learnt from my first year of university would be to work consistently throughout the year and to focus on your own work rather than worry about what others around you are doing. What advice would you give someone considering following the same pathway?

SAM LOUGHLIN - CLASS OF 2011 Tell us about your time at Eynesbury. I joined Eynesbury in 2009 after the completion of Term 1 in Year 10. Eynesbury enabled me to choose the subjects I wanted to study. I felt that I wanted to focus solely on my school work in preparation for university. In Year 12, I studied English Communications, Mathematical Methods, Biology and Chemistry and I enjoyed them immensely. They were subjects I really got involved with and I had great teachers. I felt that their passion for teaching helped me want to achieve my very best. I attained at ATAR of 99.2 and an academic citation in Maths.

I would suggest having an open mind and making the most of opportunities that come your way. I was not initially planning to study Optometry but I am pleased that I chose this pathway and thoroughly enjoy my studies. You are a member of the Golden Key Society. What is this? The Golden Key Society is an invitation only international group that recognises the highest achieving 15% of students. It offers members scholarships and grants, job opportunities, as well as the ability to study abroad. It is great to be a part of and I recommend it if you get the opportunity.

In 2013, after a gap year, I enrolled in a Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry at Flinders University and I have just completed the Bachelor’s component and begin the Masters by coursework in 2017. While, this was not my first choice, I have always wished to study in the health science field and am happy with my career I have chosen. Do you feel the independent education style gave you the skills to prepare you for uni life? Absolutely and without a doubt! I found the transition to university very natural and a straight forward progression. I have always loved independent learning. I loved my years at Eynesbury. To me, the Eynesbury difference was being in a positive,

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Congratulations to Year 11 Student Anjali Malhotra for an Academic Achievement Award for Hindi Continuers. She received the award at the Bonython Hall, Adelaide University. Best wishes for your studies this year!

BOARDING OPTIONS NOW AVAILABLE

Eynesbury is now offering a variety of boarding options for local and country students. Homestay with a local family is a popular option. Most host families are located 20-30 minutes from school. In a homestay students can expect: •

a warm, caring family environment

a bedroom with a bed, a wardrobe and a desk for studying

use of bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities

towels, pillows, bed linen and blankets

nutritious meals

negotiated usage of telephone and internet

guidance, support and encouragement with studies, social activities and adapting to life in Adelaide.

public transport information and assistance

Urbanest provides specialised independent student accomodation in the heart of the city. There is a dedicated onsite team and support from Eynesbury for students who choose this more mature option. Located on the corner of Bank Street and North Terrace, Urbanest is just a 10 minute walk to Eynesbury. Students have a choice of shared or one bedroom fully furnished apartments. There is also Homeaway, a boarding house option. Please get in touch to discuss these options and costs in more detail.


JOIN A SLG IN 2017

SAVE THE DATE

CHRIS LESLIE - CLASS OF 2006 Tell us about your time at Eynebsury? IThere joined Eynesbury as a Leadership Year 12 student in are many Senior Groups 2005 wanted to get the required TER to (SLG) as to Ijoin at Eynesbury. get into a Bachelor of Aviation, which was In 2017, join a group toin, fundraise, advocate, very competitive. I got which I still credit hold an event or raise awareness. Eynesbury with! Interested in environmental and sustainable For someone who didn’t particularly like issues and topics? Join the Green Group. school, I actually enjoyed my time at JOIN A GROUP. Eynesbury. I enjoyed the Eynesbury Want to make a difference to studentstyle life at of education and its focus on independent Eynesbury? Join the Wellbeing Group. learning - you felt like you were in charge of Interested in politics and policies? Join the your destiny. Social Justice Group. How has this independent education helped Play a musical instrument? Join the Music you with life after school? Group. The main lesson that the independent learning Have an idea for an event or want to fundraise style taught me was that you really are in for a charity? Speak to your Mentor. control of your own destiny! Learning that at a young age made me realise that if you don’t

The Eynesbury Formal is undoubtedly the most glamorous night of the year. All Year 11 and Year 12 students plus hybrid Year 10 students are invited to the Eynesbury Senior College Formal.

Winter Wonderland Saturday 29 July 7pm Adelaide Entertainment Centre

Tickets on sale soon!

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM A scholarship program for students in Year 10, 11 and 12 is offered at Eynesbury Senior College. We also accept a small number of highly skilled and academically ready Year 9 students into the Semester 2 intake of Year 10.

Applications are now open for current and prospective students. The deadline for the first round of scholarships is Wednesday 15 March. To apply, complete the application form available on the Eynesbury website and arrange payment of the application processing fee.


PHOTO GALLERY Class of 2016 Graduation


PHOTO GALLERY Class of 2016 Graduation Ceremony


PHOTO GALLERY Year 12 Visual Arts - Art and Design practical work. ‘Accomplished’ exhibition 2016.


PHOTO GALLERY Activities and events in Term 4.


PHOTO GALLERY Transition morning for new students. See the mannequin challenge video here.


We really appreciate our student ambassadors, old scholar’s and volunteers who help at our Open Days! Can you help? Tell your mentor or email our Marketing Manager, Alice Bonnin - abonnin@eynesbury.sa.edu.au


TERM 1 CALENDAR WEEK

DATE

EVENT

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TUES 7 FEB

Year 12 Parent Information Evening

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WED 15 FEB

Year 10/11 Parent Information Evening

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MON 20 FEB

9am Principal’s Tour - Associate Principal, Aldo Longobardi

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SUN 26 FEB

Open Day 1pm

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MON 6 MAR

9am Principal’s Tour - Principal, Claire Flenley

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MON 13 MAR

Adelaide Cup Holiday

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WED 15 MAR

Scholarship Application Deadline

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MON 20 MAR

Scholarship Testing

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MON 20 MAR

9am Principal’s Tour - Associate Principal, Aldo Longobardi

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MON 27 MAR

9am Principal’s Tour - Principal, Claire Flenley

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THURS 13 APR

End Term 1

FRI 14 APR

Good Friday

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EVERY WEEK EYNESBURY FACILITATES A NUMBER OF PRINCIPAL’S TOURS. THERE ARE ALSO APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE DURING THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS. CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE

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Eynesbury Times Term 4  

2016 Results, International Student of the Year, Bond Scholarship Recipient, Academic Citations, Citizenship Medallion, Teacher in focus, Fe...

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