Year 12 students have become very acquainted with what it means to pivot, adapt and strategise to achieve their desired University pathway during the pandemic that has befriended them during their final year of school. Guidance Officer Mr Paul Haydock has worked closely with students to ensure they apply for the early entry opportunities available at a number of Australian universities.
Demonstrated capabilities and preparedness for the tertiary environment are attributes possessed by an Academy IB student and are highly sought after by universities. Early offers to university draw on a Year 12 student's demonstrated capability (as evidenced by school reports, references and CAS experiences) to determine an early round offer of a university place in their chosen course ahead of final IB results released in December.
The carefully considered plan of execution for each Year 12 student is starting to see the early offers roll in. Earlier this week we were notified of early offers from James Cook University for twenty one Year 12 students, who, as part of the early offer, have had their QTAC application fee paid for them.
Year 12 student Soham Kale received his 'dream offer' from Australian National University this week to study a Bachelor of Advanced Computing (Research & Development) (Honours) commencing 2021. I can vividly recall Soham as an eager pre-Academy student weighing up the benefits of an education in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program with QAHS and asking pointed questions about pursuing his high level interest in Computer Science as part of his CAS Program. Soham actively sought opportunities to further his career interest in computer science, including participating in the National Computer Science School Program with the University of Sydney over the 2019-2020 summer break.
I look forward to sharing more early university offer stories with our QAHS community over the forthcoming weeks. Students and families appreciate the security of an early entry offer and it is reassuring for the nation to see Australia's top universities implementing ways to draw the best student talent amongst the uncertainties presented in 2020.
Mrs Vanessa Rebgetz