Please note that this blog is intended for the students and parents associated with Gordonvale State High School, Cairns. Please check areas of interest as seen on the blog to confirm dates and other information as there will be occasions when dates will change and the information may not be included in the blog as it may not have been received by the school. Posts prior to July 2017 may have reference to Smithfield State High School as this blog was initially developed for students when I was the Guidance Officer at that school.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland

In 2018, The University of Queensland will be introducing an additional entry requirement for prospective students applying for the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours). This change will impact current Year 12 students applying for study in 2019.

This new entry requirement, a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), is an on-line, video-scenario based test with 12 sections and open-ended questions.

The University recognises that attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for veterinarians are not reflected in academic performance alone. The SJT will be used to assist in the selection of a student cohort best equipped for the rigours of the profession.

The test will be held between July and September 2018 with multiple tests dates. Students need to have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, a web-cam and hold photo identification and can be completed at home or at a library/community centre or another suitable location. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete the test.

Further details about how and when to complete the SJT will be available soon on https://future-students.uq.edu.au/study/program/Bachelor-of-Veterinary-Science-Honours-2378.

Some frequently asked questions regarding the test platform (CASPer®) have been included below, however if you do have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the School Liaison team on 07 3346 9649 or email school.liaison@uq.edu.au.

Alternatively please see me in the Guidance Office in B13.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cairns Parents & Teachers Defence Careers Night

Cairns Parents & Teachers Defence Careers Night
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Date: Thursday 1st March, 2018
Location: Novotel Cairns - 122 Lake St, Cairns City
RSVP: cptcairns@dfr.com.au

As the name suggests, this event is valuable to not just the teachers who advise students on careers but to parents seeking the correct information to adequately support and guide their children as they transition out of high school.

Parents and guardians of students in years 10, 11 and 12 are encouraged to attend the Parents & Teachers Defence Careers Night. Information about the recruitment process, education requirements and fitness standards will be covered as well as sought-after information on the Australian Defence Force Academy (the ADF’s university offering through the University of New South Wales), ADF Gap Year and trade roles.

Defence Force Recruiting representatives from the Navy, Army or Air Force will be conducting the event. These will be the military members who will also assist your students through their application, so are valuable points of contact for the year.

Should you have any questions relating to the Cairns Parents & Teachers Defence Careers Night or anything else, do not hesitate to get in touch.


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Australian Defence Force Royal Miliary College information Session

The Army transforms ambitious and resourceful civilians into leaders and commanders with exciting career options. It all starts at the Royal Military College (RMC), one of the world's outstanding military training institutions.

Within just 18 months you could be in command of your own platoon of soldiers. If you're already a qualified professional, you'll start work after just 45 days training. 
The Army are recruiting for Officer positions that offer great pay, an active lifestyle and a whole lot of adventure.

Attend the next RMC Information Session
Date: Wednesday 7th February
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting - 118 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4810
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Australian Defence Force Information Session

The Navy, Army and Air Force are recruiting for trade positions that offer great pay, an active lifestyle, nationally recognised training and a whole lot of adventure.

With over 200 careers available, you'll be able to find one that matches your skills, interest and education.

Attend the next Trade Careers Information Session
Date: Thursday 1st February
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting, 118 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below.

Share this event with your students and professional networks using the event flyer below.
Download the event flyer here.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

UQ Sporting Scholarships - apply now

Experience the outstanding sporting facilities and services offered by UQ and UQ Sport, including UQ Sporting Scholarships.

With our assistance and support, students will learn to balance their studies with the demands of elite-level competition. Our sporting scholarships support students financially, as well as offering academic tutoring and support, facility access, workshops, and much more.

Encourage your elite community to become world-class athletes –  applications close Tuesday October 31, 2017.

For information, contact:

UQ Sport
07 3365 6046

The University of Queensland Enhanced Studies Program

High achieving Year 11 students are invited to apply for the  Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). ESP provides students with an opportunity to extend their studies by completing a university subject in Semester 1 of Year 12. Over  40 courses are available in a range of study areas.

Who can apply?
Students currently completing Year 11, in all Queensland high schools, including on-shore international students and students studying for an IB who
  • are high academic achievers gaining at least a 'B' cumulative average during Semester 1, Year 11,
  • can participate in ESP during first semester of Year 12,
  • are confident the extra study will not negatively impact their Year 12 studies,
  • have gained support and permission from their parent/guardian and their school to take on the additional workload.
Students who participate in ESP enjoy the  benefits associated with being a UQ student. Upon successful completion of ESP, students will receive one bonus point towards their university entrance rank through UQ’s Bonus Rank Scheme.

For full eligibility criteria, visit the website.

Applications are open and close Tuesday 31 October, 2017.

For information, contact:

UQ Domestic Admissions
07 3346 7762

Sejumi College - Jumpstart program

I received this information about a program on offer at Sejumi College. It is a Cert II and has a Cert II Tourism embedded in it.

For year 11 and 12 students, please be aware that this course will most likely have a cost attached if you have used your VET in Schools Funding.

Year 10 students if you are interested in this course, please speak with Mr Williams, Kelly or me in B13 as it may used your VET in Schools Funding and that will mean you cannot use this funding for other cert II courses you may be interested in. It is really important to speak about this before enrolling in the course if you are interested.