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, 24 February 2011

Gap Year Information

Are you considering a GAP year at the end of Year 12. If you are, there are brochures and  information in the guidance office that has been provided by various agencies. Please feel free to visit the guidance office to look at the information available.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

The University Medical Admission Test

Are you interested in studying medicine in 2012? Some universities require students to sit a UMAT exam. The following information has been taken from the UMAT website and provides information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, the test date and registration dates, and how to register.

Test Date and Registration Deadline
UMAT2011 will be held on Wednesday 27 July 2011.  UMAT is offered once a year only. Registrations for UMAT2011 will open at 9am AEST on Friday 1 April 2011 via this website.  Registrations close at 5pm AEST on Friday 3 June 2011. Late registrations will be accepted up to 5pm AEST on Friday 17 June 2011 on payment of a late fee of $65 in addition to the registration fee.  The online registration system will close at 5pm AEST on Friday 17 June 2011.  It will NOT be possible to register for UMAT 2011 after this time.

How To Register
Registration is available online only via the UMAT website. To register you will need a computer with internet access and an email address. This email address will be used for all communication from the UMAT Office, including information on how to access your Admission Ticket and results.

You must read the Information Booklet carefully BEFORE you register.  The Booklet contains important information that you should know.  The UMAT2011 Information Booklet will be available in 2011.  Until this is released, the UMAT2010 Information Booklet may be used as a guide.

The UMAT can be sat in Cairns in 2011.

For further information, including information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, please visit the UMAT website at: http://umat.acer.edu.au/ Please note there are some companies that assist students in preparing for the UMAT for a fee and there are some brochures in the Guidance Office that have been sent to the school by these companies.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Blog Number One

Hello and welcome to my Guidance Blog. This is a new way for me to get information to students and parents.

For parents (and students) who do not know me, my name is Jenny Wilson and I am the Guidance Officer at Smithfield High School. In previous years, I have put together Guidance Newsletters for the Year 11 and 12 students with information about scholarships, univeristy courses, GAP year programs, resume writing, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre information and much more, however information does not always make it home to parents who would also like the information. Initially the newsletters were printed on paper, and then the move was made to e-mail it to all of the Year 11 and 12 student school e-mail addresses, however again there were some issues surrounding students not using their school e-mail addresses.

Through developing a blog I am hoping that students and parents can both sign up to receive the information as I receive it, nominating an e-mail address of choice to where the blog information is sent.

I will make a note here for parents that as I am still new to the blogging world, an electronic newsletter has been sent to students regarding some scholarships that have been available already this year and information was put in student notices asking students to see their school e-mail addresses for this newsletter.

Please be patient as I work my way through developing the blog, and I hope you find it an effective way of receiveing information as soon as it is available.


Jenny Wilson