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.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Help a young person you know follow their dreams with a $6,000 scholarship


Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are facing challenges of homelessness, drug and alcohol dependency, exclusion from school, neglect and abuse. We provide a range of services to support these young people as they work to turn their lives around.

It is our belief that education is the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and poverty that traps so many of the young people we work with. Our National Scholarship Program is a way in which we offer young people in Australia an opportunity to achieve their best.

National Scholarship Program
The National Scholarship Program celebrates the talents and strengths of young people in Australia who exhibit extraordinary promise but lack the personal support networks and resources that will allow them to fulfil their potential.

Every year over 20 young people throughout Australia are awarded scholarships valued at $6,000 to pursue further education or training so they may realise their potential for a positive future. In addition each recipient and their guest will be brought to Sydney to attend a special award ceremony in October 2018 to be formally acknowledged of their achievement.

Who can be nominated?
Nominations are invited from young people aged 16 to 21 inclusive with genuine talent, ability and determination in any education or training course, including (but not limited to): academic skills; visual or performing arts; sport; trade skills; and music.

Nominations must be made by the young person themselves; however assistance in completing the nomination is encouraged and is your opportunity to help a young person follow their dreams.

Please visit www.youthoffthestreets.com.au/programs/scholarship  for further information, read the Nomination Guidelines & Conditions, download and complete a 2018 National Scholarship Program Nomination Form or to complete the form online.

Nominations close on Friday, 6 April 2018 at 4pm. No late applications will be accepted. 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

QUT information

A number of new courses in the design and communication study areas will be available from 2019, including an extensive range of double degrees.

From the Foundation of Young Australians...

We’re Entering A New Financial Era. Here’s Why That’s Hella Exciting.

Now more than ever, we have the ability to change our relationship with money for the better. And, more crucially, take back our control of it. Technology is disrupting capitalism for good, which means we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for change. Here's what it could mean for you.

How To Nail The Key Selection Criteria In Your Job Application

Selection criteria is something job postings ask for in addition to a resume and cover letter. It’s one way the person hiring you can see your specific skills and get a better idea of your fit for the role. Addressing key selection criteria can be tricky and time consuming. Check out our top tips.

A Guide To Surviving The Move Out Of Home

“One night in my first week out of home, my girlfriend and I found ourselves in a furniture-less apartment, without electricity, eating a block of cheddar cheese by candlelight for dinner. Glamorous right? Here’s how to avoid making the same mistakes that I did.” Read one person's story.

Start Uni Now at CQU

Are you interested in studying a first year university subject while in year 10, 11 or 12?

Start Uni Now (SUN) is a fantastic option for students wanting to kick-start their tertiary education and sample university life. With SUN, students can explore potential study areas, trial university life and experience the difference between high school and university.

Furthermore, as of Term 1 2018, high school students from across Australia will have the opportunity to undertake their first Start Uni Now (SUN) unit at zero cost.^

Term 1 enrolments will now be closed, however if you are interested in studying in a later term, please see me in the Guidance Office.

Please see this link for information.

Study Hints

Are you looking for some information on how to maximise your learning. Please see the following links:

How to Prepare and Ace Your Next Test

The University of Queensland News Update

Situational Judgement Test for Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) from 2018 - program update

UQ recognises that attributes such as resilience, critical thinking and communication skills that are essential for veterinarians are not reflected in academic performance alone. In recognition of this, entry into the Bachelor of Veterinary Science (Honours) will include a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) for admissions this year onwards.

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 photo identification. The cost to complete the test is approximately $80 and students should allow 90 minutes to complete.

Further details will be available soon.

New in 2018: Bachelor of Computer Science

UQ's new three-year Bachelor of Computer Science offers exciting opportunities for students to specialise in emerging technologies such as cyber security, data science and artificial intelligence.

Students will develop an innovative skillset to take their place at the forefront of the digital technology revolution by combining the study of algorithms and data structures, with practical challenges of implementing them in hardware and software systems.

Coursework explores programming, databases, operating systems, networks and algorithms. Students will exit this program with strong analytical, logical, and development skills necessary to advance computing, its applications and beyond.

Computer Science is available as a dual program with: Arts, Science, Engineering (Honours) and Mathematics. Majors in this program include:
Cyber Security
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Programming Languages
  • Scientific Computing
Discover more here.

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) - register now

Registrations for Queensland's longest-running Science camp are now open!
Students in Years 10-12 are invited to apply for the FEAST residential camp, being held at the UQ Gatton campus from Sunday 1 July - Thursday 5 July 2018.
Students will experience hands-on workshops, exciting seminars and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Agricultural, Scientific and Technological career options.

For student registration or future information, please visit our website

UQL Cyberschool - free Library services for secondary schools

UQL Cyberschool is a free service for secondary schools.
Links to free online resources are available from our website for most senior secondary subjects

The University of Melbourne - Interstate Student Information Day

I have received the following information from the University of Melbourne:

The University of Melbourne would like to invite you to attend our Information Day for interstate students and their families at our Parkville campus on Monday 16 April from 8:30am.

Rather than focusing on course information readily available on our website, this event looks specifically at the Melbourne experience for interstate students.

The program includes information about the application process, scholarship opportunities, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. They will also have the chance to ask current interstate students about their experiences and hear how they managed the transition to Melbourne and experience what it’s like to live in one of our Residential Colleges with lunch in a college dining hall as well as a college tour.
When the main program finishes at 3.30pm participants can also opt to stay on for extra tours of our Residential Colleges or the Victorian College of the Arts at the beautiful Southbank Campus.

Your students may want to turn their University of Melbourne experience into a long weekend and take part in one of Melbourne’s many sporting or cultural events or simply wander through the laneways taking in the cafĂ© atmosphere.

If more detailed course-specific information is being sought, they may want to consider attending A Day at Melbourne on April 6 instead.

Date: Monday 16 April 2018
Location: University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010