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.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Career Information for Young People - Australian Government Website

The career information flyers outline a range of career information, resources and support available for young people and adults. The flyers provide relevant information on DEEWR funded career development programs and resources, and also include a range of useful internet links for further information and support.
These flyers are a great starting point for anyone planning their career or assisting others making career choices.

Australian Catholic University

 have received information from the Australian Catholic University about their Early Entry program. This is a program that recognizes the achievements and contributions made prospective students to their communities through school, church, sport or cultural organizations. Information can be found at :

THINK: Education Group

I have received a kit from Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s colleges, covering a diverse range of specialist courses – from certificates in business to degrees in design.
The Queensland Colleges for Think: Education Group include:
  • Australasian College of Natural Therapies
  • Australian Natural College of Beauty
  • APM College of Business and Design
  • CATC Design School.
These colleges also have campuses in Sydney, while CATC Design School is also located in Melbourne. The interstate Colleges include:
  • Jansen Newman Institute (Sydney)
  • Southern School of Natural Therapies (Melbourne)
  • William Blue College of Hospitality Management (Sydney)
Information about courses can be found at: http://www.think.edu.au alternatively students can visit my office to review the booklets that have been sent to me.

Australian Agricultural College Corporation

The Australian Agricultural College (AACC) has now released the dates for The Agricultural Skills & Technology Experience (TASTE) program.

Taste is a program for Year 10, 11 and 12 students held at two campuses of AACC during the June/July school holidays. The four day program is designed to help young people explore agricultural training opportunities and engage in training for different types of careers in the rural industry.

Graduate Careers Online

Each year, Graduate Careers Australia (GCA) surveys higher education graduates throughout Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey (AGS). Graduates who complete the survey are asked about themselves, including whether they are in full-time or part-time employment, in further full-time study, or are unavailable for either. For reports about starting salaries, career profiles, industry skills, and many other helpful tools, visit: www.gradsonline.com.au

JMC Academy

JMC Academy is having an open day in Brisbane on Saturday May 28th 2011. Bookings are essential. For more information please visit: www.jmcacademy.edu.au

Youth Off The Streets Scholarships

Youth Off The Streets is a non-denominational community organisation working for young people who are disadvantaged, homeless, drug dependent and or recovering from abuse.  They support these young people as they work to turn their lives around and overcome significant disadvantage and/or immense personal traumas such as neglect, physical, psychological and emotional abuse.

Since opening in 1991, Youth Off The Streets has grown from a single food van delivering meals to young homeless people on the streets of Kings Cross to a major youth specific agency providing a wide range of services offering a full continuum of care. It is their goal that young people accessing their services will leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part-time job in hand.

Youth Off The Streets invites nominations for the 2011 National Scholarship Program. Nominations close on May 6th 2011 at 5pm. Through their Scholarship Program they will support those young people who show the potential and desire to further their talents, but who without assistance would struggle to move forward.
The Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program gives young people throughout Australia the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

Nominations for the Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program are not restricted to a specific study or training path. Nominations are invited from young people with genuine talent, ability and determination in any field, including (but not limited to): education and training; visual or performing arts; sport; trade skills; and music. The wide-ranging vocational goals pursued by the scholarship recipients will encourage other disadvantaged young people to follow their dreams.

Scholarship funds can be used to pay for educational course fees and also for support costs such as equipment, uniform, textbooks and stationery to ensure that the scholarship recipients have every possible opportunity to reach their goals.

In 2011 Youth Off the Streets are are pleased to announce that over twenty young people from throughout Australia will be provided with scholarships of $5,000 each.

I have a copy of an application form in my office if interested students are unable to download an application form.

Predictions of Overall Positions (OP's)

Please be advised that I am unable to make predictions of OP scores for students. I have a copy of the last years OP results and class results for students to look at if they are interested to see a ball park figure of what results gave what Overall Position for that year.
There are many variables involved with the calculation of the Overall Position, which restricts predictions being made. Last year Overall Positions relating to class results were placed as follows:
  • 5 VHA’s ranged with OP scores between 1 and 8
  • 5 HA’s ranged with OP scores between 2 and 18
  • 5 SA’s ranged with OP scores between 7 and 25
  • 5 LA’s ranged with OP scores between 14 and 25
  • 5 VLA’s ranged with OP scores between 21 and 25