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Seizing Opportunities

In living the School’s values, our Grammarians are agile learners and know how to overcome problems to seize opportunities. We reached out to five Year 12 Grammarians with different stories to hear about how 2020 has affected their plans to meet the future.

Defining your future is never easy, but in this unprecedented year it has been particularly challenging for our Year 12 cohort. This group of young women, however, are particularly special – they are the first group to move through the innovative Senior Years Program at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Embedded in their learning over the past four years are the skills to be independent self disciplined learners, resilient and adaptable individuals, equipped with the agility and agency to rise to the unexpected. Collectively, they are a group who are supportive of each other and have forged strong bonds.

Each year, a full calendar of university and partnership events and the anticipated dates for career expositions and Open Days are mapped out so Melbourne Girls Grammar students can get fully involved. This year’s circumstances meant these soon had to be adapted to keep our students informed. The Careers office has supported by assisting each student to navigate the obstacles and helped each girl to find opportunities that will chart the course of action to get them to where they want to go.

The Changing University Landscape

Australian National University (ANU) introduced their ongoing early offer scheme in 2019, where students in Year 12 receive conditional offers in August based on their Year 11 results and through meeting a co-curricular threshold. In a normal year, August offers are converted to a full offer when the students meet the academic requirements for their course at results time. ANU started the promotion of their early round offers scheme in February, confirming they would be ready to start accepting student applications in March. By early April the impact of remote learning was known, and ANU announced that the early offers made in August would be honoured if students completed Year 12.  

Following on from ANU’s early announcement, other universities recognised the challenges the final year students were experiencing, and a series of 'Early Offer' and 'Alternative Entry Schemes' were announced. The Australian Catholic University Guarantee offered students a place using their Year 11 results to make an Early Conditional Offer before final exams. Bond University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University also announced their adapted intake programs in July. The University of Melbourne responded by announcing guaranteed ATARs for 2021 offers. All applicants who meet the course prerequisites and guaranteed ATAR for their preferred course will achieve a place at the University when they receive their ATAR on 30 December 2020. The early university offers have provided certainty for many of our Year 12 students amid COVID-19 disruptions.  

The Changing University Landscape

Australian National University (ANU) introduced their ongoing early offer scheme in 2019, where students in Year 12 receive conditional offers in August based on their Year 11 results and through meeting a co-curricular threshold. In a normal year, August offers are converted to a full offer when the students meet the academic requirements for their course at results time. ANU started the promotion of their early round offers scheme in February, confirming they would be ready to start accepting student applications in March. By early April the impact of remote learning was known, and ANU announced that the early offers made in August would be honoured if students completed Year 12.  

Following on from ANU’s early announcement, other universities recognised the challenges the final year students were experiencing, and a series of 'Early Offer' and 'Alternative Entry Schemes' were announced. The Australian Catholic University Guarantee offered students a place using their Year 11 results to make an Early Conditional Offer before final exams. Bond University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University also announced their adapted intake programs in July. The University of Melbourne responded by announcing guaranteed ATARs for 2021 offers. All applicants who meet the course prerequisites and guaranteed ATAR for their preferred course will achieve a place at the University when they receive their ATAR on 30 December 2020. The early university offers have provided certainty for many of our Year 12 students amid COVID-19 disruptions.  

The Changing University Landscape

Australian National University (ANU) introduced their ongoing early offer scheme in 2019, where students in Year 12 receive conditional offers in August based on their Year 11 results and through meeting a co-curricular threshold. In a normal year, August offers are converted to a full offer when the students meet the academic requirements for their course at results time. ANU started the promotion of their early round offers scheme in February, confirming they would be ready to start accepting student applications in March. By early April the impact of remote learning was known, and ANU announced that the early offers made in August would be honoured if students completed Year 12.  

Following on from ANU’s early announcement, other universities recognised the challenges the final year students were experiencing, and a series of 'Early Offer' and 'Alternative Entry Schemes' were announced. The Australian Catholic University Guarantee offered students a place using their Year 11 results to make an Early Conditional Offer before final exams. Bond University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University also announced their adapted intake programs in July. The University of Melbourne responded by announcing guaranteed ATARs for 2021 offers. All applicants who meet the course prerequisites and guaranteed ATAR for their preferred course will achieve a place at the University when they receive their ATAR on 30 December 2020. The early university offers have provided certainty for many of our Year 12 students amid COVID-19 disruptions.  

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Our Grammarians have shown themselves to be adaptive, driven, and tenacious in reaching their goals.

Luke Francis | Executive Director, Senior Years

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All-Rounder Heads Abroad

Our Grammarians have shown themselves to be adaptive, driven, and tenacious in reaching their goals. Pre-accepted to ANU was Charlotte, having received an early offer for a double degree of Classical Studies and International Relations. “ANU is ranked very highly for the fields that I am interested in pursuing, as well as having a great College Program which I was looking for in a university.”  

Charlotte is also applying for Columbia University because, “Apart from being in New York, which is very appealing, [it] has a very rigorous core curriculum program that focuses on the Classics and having a broad education, which interests me as an 'all-rounder student' who is also obsessed with the Classical world.”


Charting New Territory

Holly has also long held a passion for the humanities and will also be heading to ANU in 2021 following an early application offer that included on campus residence at college. “Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) has been on my radar since entering the Senior Years Program at Melbourne Girls Grammar. PPE was born of the conviction that the study of the great modern works of economic, social, political, and philosophical thought would have transformative effects on students intellectual lives and broader society.”

Having initially considered the prestigious and local University of Melbourne Holly then rethought her choice, “What swayed my decision toward ANU was the broad and flexible course material in PPE. The three disciplines and their integration allowed me to filter my interests throughout the degree, and the exclusive nature of the course presents myriad future paths.”  

All-Rounder Heads Abroad

Our Grammarians have shown themselves to be adaptive, driven, and tenacious in reaching their goals. Pre-accepted to ANU was Charlotte, having received an early offer for a double degree of Classical Studies and International Relations. “ANU is ranked very highly for the fields that I am interested in pursuing, as well as having a great College Program which I was looking for in a university.”  

Charlotte is also applying for Columbia University because, “Apart from being in New York, which is very appealing, [it] has a very rigorous core curriculum program that focuses on the Classics and having a broad education, which interests me as an 'all-rounder student' who is also obsessed with the Classical world.”


Charting New Territory

Holly has also long held a passion for the humanities and will also be heading to ANU in 2021 following an early application offer that included on campus residence at college. “Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) has been on my radar since entering the Senior Years Program at Melbourne Girls Grammar. PPE was born of the conviction that the study of the great modern works of economic, social, political, and philosophical thought would have transformative effects on students intellectual lives and broader society.”

Having initially considered the prestigious and local University of Melbourne Holly then rethought her choice, “What swayed my decision toward ANU was the broad and flexible course material in PPE. The three disciplines and their integration allowed me to filter my interests throughout the degree, and the exclusive nature of the course presents myriad future paths.”  

Altruistic Aspirations Close to Home

Angela has her sights set on somewhere close to home. “I’ve always wanted to study at the University of Melbourne due to its prestige, the flexibility it allows in discovering my career interests, and [its] convenience – especially with my two older sisters having gone there.

“I’m mainly looking at undertaking the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. My other preferences would be the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, or the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Monash University.”  

These courses will allow Angela to meet the future of her dreams. “I’ve always had a genuine fascination with medicine, the causes of ill health and a passion for helping people. I’m interested in an altruistic career with opportunities for working in the developing world and those less privileged. I am also interested in opportunities for research.”

Creative Flair

Claudia is also looking at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to complete film and television studies. She has also applied through Swinburne for early entry to the Bachelor of Screen Production. “Both VCA and Swinburne, specifically these courses, host an array of subjects that pique my interest and will assist me with future techniques, strategies, and hopefully success. In addition to this, I have discussed both universities with a wide group of individuals from the film industry who recommend these two as the best for what I am interested in.”  

Prepared for the Future

Alexandra described herself as “beyond fortunate”, to have the option to select her tertiary pathway well ahead of ATARs having been released. “I am honoured to have received offers from Bond University, Australian National University, and The University of Notre Dame during Term 3.” Having worked closely with the Centre of Educational Enterprise (CEE), Alexandra was able to access outstanding educational opportunities to support her passions in and beyond the classroom.  

“During my time at Melbourne Girls Grammar, I actively engaged with Renee Jackson in the Student Enterprise department and participated in many of the programs where I was able to gain experience globally and nationally in my areas of interest that informed my study paths. It is the entrepreneurial spirit and determination that the department shows us through the array of experiences, combined with the support of my dedicated teachers and mentors at Melbourne Girls Grammar including Kelsa Taleb, Bianca Rigoni, and Sue Lindstrom, that I feel confident that I am prepared for the future,” said Alexandra.  

Altruistic Aspirations Close to Home

Angela has her sights set on somewhere close to home. “I’ve always wanted to study at the University of Melbourne due to its prestige, the flexibility it allows in discovering my career interests, and [its] convenience – especially with my two older sisters having gone there.

“I’m mainly looking at undertaking the Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. My other preferences would be the Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, or the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Monash University.”  

These courses will allow Angela to meet the future of her dreams. “I’ve always had a genuine fascination with medicine, the causes of ill health and a passion for helping people. I’m interested in an altruistic career with opportunities for working in the developing world and those less privileged. I am also interested in opportunities for research.”

Creative Flair

Claudia is also looking at the University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) to complete film and television studies. She has also applied through Swinburne for early entry to the Bachelor of Screen Production. “Both VCA and Swinburne, specifically these courses, host an array of subjects that pique my interest and will assist me with future techniques, strategies, and hopefully success. In addition to this, I have discussed both universities with a wide group of individuals from the film industry who recommend these two as the best for what I am interested in.”  

Prepared for the Future

Alexandra described herself as “beyond fortunate”, to have the option to select her tertiary pathway well ahead of ATARs having been released. “I am honoured to have received offers from Bond University, Australian National University, and The University of Notre Dame during Term 3.” Having worked closely with the Centre of Educational Enterprise (CEE), Alexandra was able to access outstanding educational opportunities to support her passions in and beyond the classroom.  

“During my time at Melbourne Girls Grammar, I actively engaged with Renee Jackson in the Student Enterprise department and participated in many of the programs where I was able to gain experience globally and nationally in my areas of interest that informed my study paths. It is the entrepreneurial spirit and determination that the department shows us through the array of experiences, combined with the support of my dedicated teachers and mentors at Melbourne Girls Grammar including Kelsa Taleb, Bianca Rigoni, and Sue Lindstrom, that I feel confident that I am prepared for the future,” said Alexandra.  

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I do believe that the class of 2020 at Melbourne Girls Grammar are equipped with a skillset ultimately targeted at adaptability with which we can navigate the treacherous waters of the unpredictable world we now find ourselves stepping into.

Holly, Year 12

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Overcoming Challenges in Unprecedented Times

“This year has presented many challenges to our community,” Alexandra highlighted, “particularly the unforeseeable disruption that learning from home presented to the Year 12 cohort. It also presented opportunities, as many universities changed their pathways of entry to accommodate this incomprehensible global pandemic. There are many amazing stories of community spirit, courage, and love that will come from this time within our Grammarian community and beyond, and I join you in the excitement to celebrate these.”

Claudia pointed out the strain lockdown and isolation placed on her mental and physical wellbeing and further noted the difficulty in accessing the necessary equipment to hone and demonstrate her craft. “This year it has been incredibly difficult to utilise any photography related equipment, studios, actors, [and] models. As [a] consequence of this, my ability to pursue a multitude of my concepts and ideations has been hindered. This means that when I was applying for universities, I was avoiding courses that required a large amount of selection tasks, which unfortunately the majority of creative/ arts based courses have.”

The need to pivot her plans was a common story, with Angela lamenting, “Due to the travel restrictions, I have had to keep in mind the logistics of applying for an exchange, as I was planning on studying at a university somewhere in England for a semester or so.” Through this, she has kept driving towards her goal. “My plans haven’t really changed this year, as I’ve had a consistent plan the last few years about where I want to go and what course I want to study.”

Charlotte had to adapt her plans, but she saw opportunities arising that she could not pass up. “I was not really thinking about applying to ANU at the start of the year, but their policies on early admissions due to COVID-19 compelled me to apply as I could rely on my Year 11 results. I have always been interested in applying to the US as well, but I only recently decided to go with Columbia over Yale after doing a bit more research into their online learning programs and education.”

Despite the challenges of 2020, Holly is hopeful and also has confidence in her peers. “It would be an understatement to say that this year has presented our cohort with a maelstrom of uncertainty for our futures. If there is anything certain derived from this year, it is that no matter how meticulously one can prepare and plan their future and Year 12 year, everything can change in an instant, nothing can be anticipated as an absolute. I do believe that the Class of 2020 at Melbourne Girls Grammar is equipped with a skillset ultimately targeted at adaptability with which we can navigate the treacherous waters of the unpredictable world we now find ourselves stepping into.”

Overcoming Challenges in Unprecedented Times

“This year has presented many challenges to our community,” Alexandra highlighted, “particularly the unforeseeable disruption that learning from home presented to the Year 12 cohort. It also presented opportunities, as many universities changed their pathways of entry to accommodate this incomprehensible global pandemic. There are many amazing stories of community spirit, courage, and love that will come from this time within our Grammarian community and beyond, and I join you in the excitement to celebrate these.”

Claudia pointed out the strain lockdown and isolation placed on her mental and physical wellbeing and further noted the difficulty in accessing the necessary equipment to hone and demonstrate her craft. “This year it has been incredibly difficult to utilise any photography related equipment, studios, actors, [and] models. As [a] consequence of this, my ability to pursue a multitude of my concepts and ideations has been hindered. This means that when I was applying for universities, I was avoiding courses that required a large amount of selection tasks, which unfortunately the majority of creative/ arts based courses have.”

The need to pivot her plans was a common story, with Angela lamenting, “Due to the travel restrictions, I have had to keep in mind the logistics of applying for an exchange, as I was planning on studying at a university somewhere in England for a semester or so.” Through this, she has kept driving towards her goal. “My plans haven’t really changed this year, as I’ve had a consistent plan the last few years about where I want to go and what course I want to study.”

Charlotte had to adapt her plans, but she saw opportunities arising that she could not pass up. “I was not really thinking about applying to ANU at the start of the year, but their policies on early admissions due to COVID-19 compelled me to apply as I could rely on my Year 11 results. I have always been interested in applying to the US as well, but I only recently decided to go with Columbia over Yale after doing a bit more research into their online learning programs and education.”

Despite the challenges of 2020, Holly is hopeful and also has confidence in her peers. “It would be an understatement to say that this year has presented our cohort with a maelstrom of uncertainty for our futures. If there is anything certain derived from this year, it is that no matter how meticulously one can prepare and plan their future and Year 12 year, everything can change in an instant, nothing can be anticipated as an absolute. I do believe that the Class of 2020 at Melbourne Girls Grammar is equipped with a skillset ultimately targeted at adaptability with which we can navigate the treacherous waters of the unpredictable world we now find ourselves stepping into.”

Overcoming Challenges in Unprecedented Times

“This year has presented many challenges to our community,” Alexandra highlighted, “particularly the unforeseeable disruption that learning from home presented to the Year 12 cohort. It also presented opportunities, as many universities changed their pathways of entry to accommodate this incomprehensible global pandemic. There are many amazing stories of community spirit, courage, and love that will come from this time within our Grammarian community and beyond, and I join you in the excitement to celebrate these.”

Claudia pointed out the strain lockdown and isolation placed on her mental and physical wellbeing and further noted the difficulty in accessing the necessary equipment to hone and demonstrate her craft. “This year it has been incredibly difficult to utilise any photography related equipment, studios, actors, [and] models. As [a] consequence of this, my ability to pursue a multitude of my concepts and ideations has been hindered. This means that when I was applying for universities, I was avoiding courses that required a large amount of selection tasks, which unfortunately the majority of creative/ arts based courses have.”

The need to pivot her plans was a common story, with Angela lamenting, “Due to the travel restrictions, I have had to keep in mind the logistics of applying for an exchange, as I was planning on studying at a university somewhere in England for a semester or so.” Through this, she has kept driving towards her goal. “My plans haven’t really changed this year, as I’ve had a consistent plan the last few years about where I want to go and what course I want to study.”

Charlotte had to adapt her plans, but she saw opportunities arising that she could not pass up. “I was not really thinking about applying to ANU at the start of the year, but their policies on early admissions due to COVID-19 compelled me to apply as I could rely on my Year 11 results. I have always been interested in applying to the US as well, but I only recently decided to go with Columbia over Yale after doing a bit more research into their online learning programs and education.”

Despite the challenges of 2020, Holly is hopeful and also has confidence in her peers. “It would be an understatement to say that this year has presented our cohort with a maelstrom of uncertainty for our futures. If there is anything certain derived from this year, it is that no matter how meticulously one can prepare and plan their future and Year 12 year, everything can change in an instant, nothing can be anticipated as an absolute. I do believe that the Class of 2020 at Melbourne Girls Grammar is equipped with a skillset ultimately targeted at adaptability with which we can navigate the treacherous waters of the unpredictable world we now find ourselves stepping into.”

2020 has presented our Grammarians with opportunities to live our values of integrity, compassion, courage and self discipline as they prepared to meet their futures, despite the challenge of uncertainty.

2020 has presented our Grammarians with opportunities to live our values of integrity, compassion, courage and self discipline as they prepared to meet their futures, despite the challenge of uncertainty.

2020 has presented our Grammarians with opportunities to live our values of integrity, compassion, courage and self discipline as they prepared to meet their futures, despite the challenge of uncertainty.

Article written by

Luke Francis

Executive Director, Senior Years

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Breeanna McGrath

Careers Counsellor

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