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.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Australian Defence Force

Australian Defence Force Gap year applications for 2012 are now open. Please find the link below for your convenience.

University of the Sunshine Coast

Recently USC awarded 66 new scholarships to students commencing study in 2011. These students can now count on financial support while they study full time at USC. Many of them now won’t need to work as many hours to support themselves, allowing them to focus on their studies and their future. For students commencing study in 2012 around 100 scholarships will be on offer, ranging in value from a $1,000 lump sum payment to $12,000 over three years.

Headstart Program
USC’s Headstart program allows students to choose from more than 90 courses to work towards entry to a USC degree, expand their knowledge and skills, and interact with university staff and students, all while they’re still in year 

Parent Resource
Transitioning from high school to university can be a balancing act for students, who often rely on their parents for support and guidance. USC has a wealth of online resources to help parents assist their student to make informed decisions about study and career options.  

Travel Scholarships Take Dreams Global
If you can't wait to explore the world and are also considering university when you finish school, maybe USC’s Global Opportunities (GO) Program will be of interest to you. The GO Program will allow them to study and travel at the same time, with the support of USC and access to significant financial support.  

As 45 students discovered this semester, the scholarships offered through USC’s GO Program can significantly ease the expense of travelling overseas to one of our 70 partner institutions. 

Design student Lisa Lonergan of Sippy Downs (pictured left at an award ceremony at USC), spent five months in New York last year studying at Long Island’s Adelphi University. Describing New York as “breathtaking”, Lisa said her trip wouldn’t have been possible without the $8,500 in financial assistance she received from USC.

“My $3000 Overseas Study Grant was amazing,” she said.

Lisa also received a $5,500 Commonwealth Government loan, and said the highlight of her GO Program experience was “feeling so independent and getting out there and doing it for myself”.

In addition to the financial support offered through USC, often the host institutions or host countries have additional scholarships available. For example USC students studying in Japan may be entitled to the Japan Student Services Organisation (JASSO) scholarship, awarded by the Japanese Government.

USC is a leading institution in Queensland in terms of percentages of graduates who spent part of their degree studying overseas, which was recognised by the 2009 Queensland Education and Training Award for Excellence in Outward Mobility.

You can find out more about studying overseas with USC’s GO Program on the USC website.

The Information for Parents webpage is designed specifically to provide the crucial information they’ll need to know, including uni terminology, study commitments, types of assessment and much more.

If parents are looking for tips for survival and strategies to best assist their student to succeed, there is a  USC parent Denise on Facebook. As a parent of three university students, she offers insight, advice and answers to their questions about uni.

11 or 12!

The benefits to your students include:
• Experiencing university life
• Broadening their subject choices
• Enhancing their academic performance in school
• Courses may earn them credit towards their future degree

Your students can choose courses from across the University in areas including business and IT, communication and design, education, health, humanities and social sciences, and science and engineering. For a full course listing, see pages 10-11 of the 2011 Headstart brochure

If your students are interested in the Headstart program, the Semester 2 2011 timetable will be available on the USC website on Tuesday 3 May then applications close on 13 May. To find out more about the program download the current brochure, or contact External Relations.

Scholarships are not only for the academically gifted – many of USC’s scholarships are awarded based on the whole student, not just their OP. We also take into account such things as, financial hardship, difficult personal circumstances, the need to relocate to study and the contribution the student has made to their school or community. 

All students thinking of including USC on their preferences with QTAC should apply for our scholarships.

The closing date for scholarships this year is the final day of school for Year 12 students – November 18, 2011. More information about USC's scholarships and bursaries is available at: http://www.usc.edu.au/Students/Future/FinancialAssistance/ScholarshipsBursariesPrizes/

Artiz – Young Artist Development Program for people aged 15-18

Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July, 2011

This year the annual gathering of gifted and talented young artists from Queensland high schools around the state takes place in Townsville, in conjunction with the School of Creative Arts, James Cook University.

This four day visual arts event features a stimulating program of hands-on creative experiences as well as information, expertise and resources to provide students with a full picture of training, education and career opportunities. Top line artists, arts educators and special guests will all contribute to a high quality program designed to provide a platform for future practice, education and career. 

This is a must do program for young artists looking for professional training and career direction. It is run as a non-residential day program with students committed to the full four days of activities.

Cost: $135 for four days – includes, workshops, seminars, excursions and some meals - Limited places only

This program is in Townsville, however scholarships and some residential placements are offered to assist Cairns and regional students!

Important Dates
13 June 2011 Artiz Registration closes
30 May 2011  Scholarships applications close
1 June 2011   Scholarship applicants notified
6 June 2011   Last date to withdraw from program and have deposit fully refunded
For more information visit the Flying Arts website at: http://www.flyingarts.org.au/Artiz-Young-Artist-Development-Program-pg16469.html

The University of Queensland

New Paramedic Science Program

The University of Queensland are pleased to announce the introduction of the new Bachelor of Paramedic Science program to be offered from Semester 1, 2012 at UQ’s Ipswich campus.

The 3 year full-time program requires English as a pre-requisite and recommends study of one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. The program will prepare graduates for entry-level employment as an ambulance paramedic.

Students will undertake clinical placements with the Queensland Ambulance Service throughout the program to gain practical “hands-on” experience in the role of a paramedic.

For information, contact UQ’s School of Medicine:

Phone: (07) 3365 5506 (Mon-Wed)

International Students Studying Year 12 in Australia

Are you an international students currently studying at Smithfield High School? If so, this new fact sheet may assist you as it outlines UQ international entry requirements, the application/offer process, key dates and contact information:

For information contact UQ International:

 Phone: (07) 3346 7375

Health @ UQ

Health@UQ’s Facebook Page gives students the opportunity to connect with other like-minded students and health professionals, view careers in health clips, be kept up to date with program information, scholarships, events and much more!

If you are interested in Health echeck out
www.facebook.com/UQhealth . By ‘liking’ the Health@UQ Facebook Fan page students will also have the opportunity to win a $500 Shopping Spree!

UQ Holiday visits

Students do not have to wait until they are studying at UQ to visit one of our first-class campuses. A guided on-campus tour is a fantastic opportunity to get a closer look at university life, ask questions, talk to current students and see the facilities first-hand. Tours generally take about an hour and information packs are provided for all visitors.

Students can book online at – www.uq.edu.au/campustours

Bond University 2012 Scholarships NOW OPEN!

Students are being offered the chance of a lifetime to apply for more than 300 scholarships to Bond University. Applications officially open today with hundreds of top high school students expected to vie for a chance at securing one of the prestigious awards.  

These include full-tuition Vice-Chancellor Scholarships; partial Faculty Dean’s Scholarships, and 50 per cent Corporate Scholarships that partner students with a Fortune 500 company.

In addition to the Sunland Indigenous Scholarship for Law, made available through Bond University’s partnership with the Sunland Foundation, two new indigenous scholarships will be introduced this year. These are the Sunland Indigenous Scholarship for Undergraduate Study and the Bond University Award for Indigenous Community Excellence.

Bond University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Garry Marchant said scholarships are an integral part of the University’s commitment to attracting Australia’s most promising school leavers.

“Our scholarship program is designed to assist us to identify the leaders of tomorrow – students who demonstrate exceptional talent and who have big aspirations. Through the scholarship program we provide the opportunity to those students to fulfil their potential and go on to establish exceptional careers,” said Professor Marchant.

“Both the number and quality of scholarship applications we receive is growing exponentially year-on-year, which is a reflection of Bond’s strong reputation nationally for providing quality, personalised education.”

Bond University Vice-Chancellor's scholar Pieter Joubert saw his life take a different turn when he was awarded a scholarship during his final year at The Hutchins School in Hobart.

“Receiving a scholarship offer from Bond was an incredible opportunity - over the past four years I've had so many amazing experiences and was fortunate enough to study and become friends with a highly motivated and diverse group of students from both interstate and overseas,” said Pieter. 

“My Bond scholarship gave me a unique experience that I would not have found anywhere else. Some of the highlights include a trip to Russia in 2010 with four fellow students to represent Bond University at the international final of the Global Management Challenge. More recently I embarked on a five month exchange to the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University in Sweden organised through the partnerships Bond has in place."

Set to complete his dual degree in April, Pieter will move to Sydney to commence work as a financial analyst at JP Morgan, a world leading investment bank.  Pieter advises year 12 students to make the most of every opportunity.

“Although it can be daunting trying to decide what to study, I'd recommend keeping your options open, and choosing a university that presents the best opportunities for you. Deciding to move to Bond University to study was a big decision to make, but I'm so glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it," he said.

Visit www.bond.edu.au/scholarships for further information on scholarships available or phone 07 5595 1067.

Aviation Training For Aviation Engineers

I was visited recently by the General Manager from ATAE (Aviation Training for Aviation Engineers). He has provided  Smithfield High School with information about how students can train to work as aircraft engineers. ATAE offer training programs for students wishing to work as an Avionics Engineer, a Mechanical Engineer and/or as a Structures Engineer. The training school is in Brisbane, and students range from 15 years of age through to 45 years of age. The manager will travel to Cairns to Smithfield High School to interview interested students wanting to commence a career as an Aviation Engineer. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in meeting with the manager for a interview. There are a large number of government funded positions available each year. Alternatively if you would like to speak with him first, he is more than happy for this to happen. Please see me for his contact number. Alternatively you can visit www.atae.com.au for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Places and HECS-HELP information

Most undergraduate students studying at university are enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. These places in the courses are subsidized by the Australian Government.

The Australian Government contributes towards the education of eligible students by funding Commonwealth supported places at universities. If you are eligible, are offered, and then accept, a Commonwealth supported place, you will generally be required to pay ‘student contribution’ amounts to the university.
Eligible students may be able to study now and pay later by using a HECS‐HELP loan to pay their student contribution

Commonwealth supported places are available at all public universities and some approved private higher education providers. The Information for Commonwealth supported students booklet lists all approved higher education providers offering Commonwealth supported places. For further information please see me or view the online brochure at:

Cultural Care Au Pair

I have received in formation about the 2012 programs from Cultural Care, who organise Gap year programs for students.  Cultural Care encourage students to take a year to not only explore the USA but work full-time, learn valuable skills and expand their career possibilities.

Please see me or visit www.aupair.culturalcare.com.au  for further information.

University of New South Wales

I have received a copy of the UNSW Faculty of Engineering Program Guide for 2012. It includes detailed information on the 26 degrees offered by the faculty, including the new Bachelor of Engineering double degree: BE in Engineering / Masters of Engineering (Electrical Engineering).

The University of New South Wales Faculty of Engineering offers a major scholarship program that rewards academic excellence in students from all backgrounds. 

Please see me or visit the UNSW website at www.eng.unsw.edu.au for further information