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, 28 August 2017

Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp at HMAS Cairns

Due to the success of the previous Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp at HMAS Cairns, another camp is scheduled for 25th – 28th September.

The Camp is held at HMAS Cairns, with a focus on technical trades in Navy (e.g. Marine Technician, Electronics Technician and Aviation Technician roles).  Girls with an interest in the trades are strongly encouraged to apply.

All meals and accommodation is provided at no cost to the participant, however students and their parent/guardian are responsible for organising and funding transport to Cairns if they are coming from outside the local area.  Camp staff can organise pick up prior to the camp and drop off at the conclusion of the camp from/to Cairns Airport, Train or Bus station.

Interested students must apply online via the DWEP website.  The link below will provide more information about the camp and applications are started from this page:

Previous camp participants will vouch for the excellent experiences and opportunities the camp provides.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Are you interested in applying to an Education course through QTAC?

Students applying for initial teacher education courses will need to start thinking about how to address the non-academic entry requirements of their application. QTAC has put together a video to help with this.

The video aims to ease students’ anxiety around writing their 1000-word personal statement by putting the task into perspective and encouraging them to reflect on why they think they’d make a good teacher.

Students can upload their completed personal statements to their applications by logging in to Applications Services.

Normal QTAC documentation due dates apply.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

InspireU – Education

What is InspireU – Education?

InspireU – Education is a camp provided specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, male and female, in Year 10, 11 and 12 in 2017 that have an interest in studying Education.

The camp is co-ordinated by staff from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit (ATSIS Unit) at The University of Queensland (UQ), St Lucia campus over five (5) days.

Students will participate in:
• Interactive workshops and lectures;
• Workplace visits;
• College stay; and
• Heaps more!

Students take part in a range of activities designed to provide a practical insight into education and the many opportunities for study and careers in this industry.

Accommodation is supervised, with separate accommodation for female and male students.


To be eligible to participate in InspireU Education, students must:
(a) Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
(b) Be enrolled in schooling in Year 10, 11 or Year 12 in 2017;
(c) Be enrolled in Overall Position (OP) subjects and eligible for an OP score; and
(d) Have school attendance rate of 90% or greater.

Preference will be given to students currently studying at least one or more of either Math A/B or C, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics. Please note that you do not need to be studying all the above listed subjects.

Students will be selected from a competitive process and will be assessed on their academic standing in addition to their attendance and behaviour.

Univeristy of Queensland New program: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours),

New program: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours), QTAC Code - 709101

From 2018, UQ Business School will offer a Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours).

This elite program will help students become a critical and reflective thinkers, capable of identifying, analysing and developing solutions for the complex challenges facing businesses in the 21st century.

Our four-year honours program will be limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community or academia.

The courses in this program are designed to ensure students stand out to employers and are run by internationally respected industry experts and academics. Our unique capstone course in leadership and ethics will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills on real business cases.
Applicants must have Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English, and Mathematics B or C, or a combination of both.

For more information, visit the website.

For information, contact:
UQ Business School
07 3365 2203

The University of Queensland Information on Bonus Ranks for Health Programs

Bonus ranks available for UQ Health programs

Students living in regional or remote areas of Queensland may be eligible for an additional two bonus ranks for a range of UQ programs under the Rural Access Scheme.

Programs include:

• Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry)
• Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours)
• Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Health, Sport and Physical Education (Honours)
• Bachelor of Midwifery (and dual)
• Bachelor of Nursing (and dual)
• Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
• Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
• Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
• Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Please note that UQ recognises a maximum of five bonus ranks for any one applicant.

For further information and eligibility requirements are available online.

For information, contact:
Future Student Contact Centre
07 3346 9872

The University of Queensland UQ College Preparation Program

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program - apply now

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program is delivered over 28 weeks in two trimester periods. The program will be offered at UQ College St Lucia campus in January, May and September 2018.

Students learn skills and meet prerequisites required for successful university-level study. On completion of the program, students can use their grade point average and prerequisites to apply for entry into a university degree.

UQ College Tertiary Preparation Program students are part of the university community. Students have access to the full range of support services that The University of Queensland provides.This allows for a smooth transition into a University degree on successful completion of the Tertiary Preparation Program.
Applications are currently open and will close on Monday 27 November, 2017.

For information, contact:
Robyn Tyler
07 3346 1695


The University of Queensland School of Economics Scholarship

School of Economics Scholarships - apply now

Applications are open for two exciting scholarship opportunities at the UQ School of Economics.

The Year 12 Domestic Australian Scholarship is for outstanding Australian domestic students who are completing Year 12 studies. A $5000 bursary each year for three years is granted to the successful application. 
Applications close 3 November, 2017.

The Year 12 Equity and Diversity Scholarship is for students who can demonstrate a very keen interest in economics but who have been disadvantaged during high schooling. A $5000 bursary each year is granted in addition to a mentoring scheme.
Applications close 28 November, 2017.

Students seeking admission to the Bachelor of Economics are encouraged to apply.

For information, contact:
UQ School of Economics
07 3365 6570