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.

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.

BAchelor of Urban Design and Town Planning - New Course.

I received information from the University of the Sunshine Coast about a new course being offered next year. If you are interested in urban design and/or town planning, then please see this link.

Monday, 2 October 2017

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.