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, 8 April 2018

Queensland Youth eHub and Queensland Government Youth Strategy

Visit the Qld Government Youth webpage for information on a number of topics popular to youth. You are able to join the eHub and be an active participant in the Queensland Government's Youth Engagement platform.

Logging in to the eHub allows students to join one of the many activities that are happening around Queensland to celebrate the achievements, vitality and strength of young Queenslanders.

As a member, you are able to access a calendar of events.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

ADF Gap Year applications for 2019

ADF Gap Year applications for 2019 have opened. It's a unique opportunity to try out a career in Navy, Army or Air Force and get a feel for a military life without committing for a longer period.

Through an ADF Gap Year you will:
·         Gain valuable skills and work experience
·         Enjoy a great salary package plus free healthcare
·         Live a varied, active and healthy lifestyle
·         Make friends with like-minded people
·         Get the opportunity to see more of Australia

In 2019 there are 14 roles to choose from ranging from admin to artillery and even flight crew, plus this year we’re offering 30 Army Officer roles - places are limited.

·         Australian citizen
·         Aged between 18 and 24 years on admission
·         Year 12 completion (required passes vary by job)

Visit this link for more information

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Attend the Army Reserve Careers Information Session

There's a job in the Army Reserve that matches your skills, qualifications and ambitions. All roles offer the opportunity to move up the ranks into increased levels of responsibility and leadership.
Date: Wednesday 28th March
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: Defence Force Recruiting118 McLeod Street, Cairns 4870
To book your seat, call 13 19 01 or register below.

Download the event flyer here.

Priority Role: Army Reserve Musician

Army bands play a key role in entertaining soldiers, performing at high profile ceremonial events, and enhancing the image and reputation of the Service at community and charity functions. This exciting position provides you with a great opportunity to stretch your musical skills across a wide variety of genres. You'll join concert and marching bands, rock groups, quintets and jazz ensembles; and play everything from popular dance music to big band swing.

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.