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.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

2018 National Council of Women - Bursaries available

2018 National Council of Women - Regional/Rural Bursaries

Do you know a female student from year 12 last year who may benefit  from the following bursary?


ACU Update

The following information has been forwarded to me from ACU:

Undergraduate course guide
The 2019 undergraduate course  guide is available to download here or additional print copies may be requested here.

A notable inclusion in this year's guide is the 'Pathways to ACU' content on pages 92 and 93. If you're concerned you won't get into your preferred university course this section provides alternative options for you to consider, including ACU College (formerly ACUcom) which offers a range of certificate and diploma qualifications.

New courses available
For students commencing in 2019, ACU has added a range of new courses for you to consider studying in Brisbane:
Bachelor of High Performance Sport
Bachelor of Human Services
Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education
Learn more about these courses and others by visiting acu.edu.au/courses
Courses not continuing
These courses will not be taking any new enrolments in Brisbane.
Bachelor of Information Technology
Bachelor of Psychological Science
Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)
Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Science (and double degrees)
Bachelor of Public Health (and double degrees)

The University of Queensland Update

Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad - closing soon
The Queensland Junior Physics Olympiad (JPhO) is a five-day, non-residential program for Year 10 students with an interest in physics, science and mathematics.
The program aims to develop the problem-solving skills of students as well as an appreciation and understanding of physics. Students will have the opportunity to learn from current UQ lecturers, be mentored by current UQ students, tour state-of-the-art research centres and learn important principles of physics over the five days.
The Olympiad is delivered from Monday 2 July - Friday 6 July 2018, during the Queensland school holidays, and is located at the UQ St Lucia campus.
Registrations close Monday 30 April 2018. Discover more here.

Experience Science - register now
Experience Science is an on-campus experience providing students in Years 10-12 the opportunity to discover what studying Science is like at UQ.
With programs occurring across Friday 13 July - Thursday 19 July 2018, this free event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry, and provides hands-on, interactive Science workshops.
Registrations close Friday 6 July 2018 or when places are filled. Discover more here

Pharmacy Experience Day
Pharmacy Experience Day is an annual UQ showcase which invites students to discover where a Bachelor of Pharmacy can take them.
Throughout the day guests will take part in a range of hands-on laboratory activities, meet and quiz current students, and participate on a guided tour through the world class facilities.
All members of the public are invited to attend the Pharmacy Experience Day being held on Sunday 19 August 2018.Discover more here.

Program update: Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours), QTAC Code: 709101
Run by internationally respected industry experts and academics, the Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours) is designed to ensure students stand out to employers.
This program can be tailored to help students achieve their career goals, with the option to choose up to three majors consisting of six courses from the one area of specialisation. The program's unique capstone course in leadership and ethics will give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real business cases.
Entry is limited to a small, highly motivated and high-achieving cohort aspiring to leadership roles in business, the community or academia. Discover more here.

Griffith University STEM - Cairns May 10, 2018

The following information has been received from Griffith University:

Find out how you can future-proof your career.

Our best future is a future that builds on technology, innovation, ideas and imagination. It is a future with STEM. And it is a future that is ours to build.   - Alan Finkel AO Australia’s Chief Scientist

We invite you to an interactive evening to gain an understanding of the exciting STEM-related degrees offered at our Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan campuses.

The STEM Showcase is for teachers, students, parents and community supporters to hear from Griffith STEM researchers and lecturers about the range of degrees and experiences offered at our Brisbane and Gold Coast campuses and receive advice on how your students can best position themselves in the future job market.
If you would like more information, please visit griffith.edu.au/stem-showcase

Time:   3:30 pm to 7 pm with presentations at 4pm and 6pm, 10 May, 2018
Register now

ADF Update

The following information has been provided by the Australian Defence Force:
Upcoming placements – NQ Region:
·         Infantry Overview – 1RAR
·         Combat Engineers – 3CER
·         Combat Signals (ICT) – 3CSR
·         Artillery Overview – 4REG
·         Air Traffic Control – 452SQN
·         Armoured Corps Overview – 2CAV
·         Army Aviation – 5AVN
·         Army Band – 1RAR Band

Upcoming specialist placement:
HMAS Cairns - Women in Navy Technical Trades Camp: 1st – 4th July
This placement will provide a hands-on and interactive experience for young women who are considering a career in Navy technical trades. Navy technical careers include Marine, Electronics and Aviation technicians.
The camp is open to female students in Years 10 - 12 aged between 16 – 18 years of age. Taking place over 4 days and 3 nights in the school holidays, this is a residential camp and participants will be accommodated at HMAS Cairns.
Students will need to apply online by 6th May www.defence.gov.au/WorkExperience

Army & Air Force Careers Visits Term 2 - Townsville
·         2nd May: Army
·         20th June: Air Force
 National placements of interest
·         STEM placement with Defence Science & Technology
With the Weapons and Combat Systems Division in Adelaide focussed in air and surface-launched weapons systems.
·         Cyber Security & Robotics (multiple sessions)
With the Australian Signals Directorate in Canberra and offers a number of challenges, such as:
• identifying security intrusions on a computer system
• conducting forensic examinations of hard drives
• robotics programming using Arduino
• constructing electrical circuits