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.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

2011 Seize the Day Study Awards

Cancer Council Queensland is calling on young Queenslanders aged between 16 and 21 who have been affected by cancer to apply for this year’s Seize the Day Study Awards.

This year, in celebration of the charity’s 50th Anniversary, Cancer Council Queensland will grant $50,000 in study awards to young people affected by cancer.

Individual study awards will range from $200 to $2,000, which is to be used by successful applicants to help them kick-start their careers.

Seize the Day Study Awards are financial grants offered to young Queenslanders to assist with the cost of textbooks, stationery, fees, transport and accommodation incurred during post-secondary education and training.

In 2010, 52 young Queenslanders received $45,000 in awards.

Applications for Seize the Day Study Awards are open now. Click here to download an application for for the 2011 Seize the Day Study Awards.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday, July 29.

For more information about the Seize the Day Study Awards, call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or email seizetheday@cancerqld.org.au

Sunday, 12 June 2011

2011 myfuture Video Competition

The 2011 myfuture Video Competition was launched last week and  is now open for registrations. Entrants can win up to $10,000!

There are two categories in the 2011 competition: Best School Video and Best Youth Video. Young people, aged 12 to 25 are invited to enter a video about an occupation which can be published on www.myfuture.edu.au, Australia’s national career information and exploration service.

Please find attached the flyers for the competitions and the myfuture video competition logo, if needed.

For further information regarding the competition visit http://www.myfuture.edu.au/videocomp  or contact:

Edda PanozzoProject Officer
T +61 8 8334 3265 | F +61 8 8334 3211

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Are you currently at school and would like to know more about apprenticeships and traineeships?

Apprenticeships and traineeships provide you with an opportunity to learn and earn at the same time. They combine training with working in a real job and provide you with a formal qualification on successful completion of an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Apprenticeships exist in traditional trade areas such as plumbing, draining and gas fitting, carpentry, electrical and horticulture, to name a few. Apprenticeships usually have a term of four years with many industries working towards an expected duration of three years.
Traineeships are generally shorter than apprenticeships and exist in nearly every industry. Most traineeships are for approximately 12 months, however some traineeships now run for up to four years.

How to find an apprenticeship or traineeship

The first step is to select the industry you would like to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in.

There are many websites available to provide you with detailed information about traineeships and apprenticeships in a range of industry areas.

This website is a useful tool for school students wishing to obtain information on the Automotive, Manufacturing, Metals and Engineering, Electrical, Rural and Farming and Hospitality industry areas. The site hosts videos taken of employees working in a variety of workplaces in each industry area and details the tasks they undertake as part of their trade in their workplace. The site also provides tips for job interviews and a link to current job vacancies. Articles and updates on training organisations, skills shortage areas and employers are also featured.

World Skills is a national, non-for-profit organisation that provides Australians, under the age of 23, with opportunities to further develop their skills in multiple trade areas. The organisation holds a number of competitions aligned to National Training packages in the Automotive, Building and Construction, Client and Service, Computing and Business, Electrotechnology, Food and Beverage and Manufacturing and Engineering industries. Young Australians may enter these competitions to not only measure their skills against others and learn new techniques but also to network and meet potential employers.

My Future is a useful website that allows you to search for current job vacancies that have been advertised in Australian local and national newspapers in a range of industry areas. The site allows users to search job vacancies by industry area, location and job type. Browsers may also develop their own job board with a list of the vacancies they have reviewed.

The Institute for Trade Skills Excellence is a lead agency in developing strategies to assist the growth of trade industries across Australia. The Institute works with numerous training organisations to develop high standards of trade training and to promote the importance of trade areas to the community. Industry areas the Institute is currently working with include Mineral and Resources, Electrical, Manufacturing, Metals and Engineering, Building and Construction and Hospitality and Personal Services. This website provides details on training initiatives within each of these industry areas.

Once you've chosen an industry area...

The next step after you have identified the industry area you would like to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in is to find an employer. There are many ways in which you can search for an employer. You can review the job advertisements in local newspapers, access employment websites such as http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/ or contact local Job Network agencies. Contact details for Job Network agencies are also listed on http://www.jobsearch.gov.au/. Group training organisations (GTO's) directly employ apprentices and trainees and may be able to assist you to find a suitable 'host' employer to work with on a day-to-day basis. You can find the contact details of your local GTO by visiting http://www.gtaqnt.net.au/.

Once you have found an employer who is able to employ you as an apprentice or trainee, you can then make contact with an Australian Apprenticeships Centre to organise your training plan and employment contract for the term of your apprenticeship or traineeship and the subsidies and allowances you and your employer the employers are entitled to. Visit http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/ to locate your nearest Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

You may also continue contact with your chosen Australian Apprenticeships Centre to discuss incentive payments and allowances you may be entitled to throughout the term of your traineeship or apprenticeship.'

Employability Skills - What's in it for me?

Are you stuck for the right things to say and do in a job interview? This tool can show you how best to sell yourself. In just 5 minutes this questionnaire can help you understand your current work skills and give you a hand in developing your resume and preparing for the interview.

Youth Careers Info

The Queensland Government's new Youth Careers Information web site features a range of career development and job search tools that can assist you to choose a career pathway, identify your vocational education and training options and provide you with an employment pathway.

Cairns TAFE Mid Year Courses

TAFE has some Prevocational programs being offered in second semester this year.  One in the Engineering/Automotive trades and the other in the Commercial Cookery industry.  Prevocational programs are a very effective way of gaining entry to your career of choice.  
This information may be useful for any grade 11 or 12 student that may be struggling at school, or a school leaver who is unable to find work.  Please See Mrs McPhail in E Block or Ms Seden in No Block if you are interested.
Here is a link to information on the Cert II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations).
Are you interested in the Engineering Industry?
Information about the engineering/automotive trades is as follows:

 39172QLD Engineering Pre Trade (Mechanical) and AUR20705 Automotive Mechanical (Heavy Vehicle Road Transport) Pre Apprenticeship Programs.


This program is designed for people interested in engineering industries such as mining, marine, sugar, engineering and involved in a wide range of work which can include maintenance, servicing, installation, repair of mechanical equipment such as trucks, heavy equipment, engines, conveyer systems, pumps, transmissions, hydraulics and manufacture of machinery parts using welders, lathers, milling machines and a wide range of power tools.

Pathways and Opportunities

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway to an apprenticeship as an engineering tradesperson – Fitting & Turning, Diesel Fitting or Automotive Heavy Vehicle Road Transport.
Fitters/Turners shape steel and other materials using a variety of manual, automated and computer controlled machines such as drills, lathes, grinders, and milling machines. They use hand and power tools and precision measuring instruments to manufacture, assemble, fit and repair parts and machinery.

Diesel Fitters/Heavy Equipment Mechanics and Automotive (Heavy vehicle road transport) are employed mainly by machinery dealers, heavy vehicles repairers, road transport firms, bus companies and the mining industry. Public and privatised authorities such as those concerned with defence, communications, energy supply, public works and transport also employ Diesel Fitters/Mechanics.

Entry Requirements

The minimum age requirement is 16 years. The minimum entry requirement is a pass in Maths, English and Science at a year 10 level however achievements in other subject areas and work experience will be taken into consideration.
A numeracy and literacy assessment will be conducted to identify and areas a student may require learning support.

The approximate cost to complete this qualification. Standard: $1,550.00. Concession: $1,112.25.
2011: 11 July – 25 November.

Tropical North Queensland TAFE’s Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) is suitable for those who wish to pursue a career in Commercial Cookery. This course will provide you with a range of skills, knowledge and competencies to be a cook and also offers exemptions for part of an apprenticeship in Commercial Cookery.

Date: 20 June (Full-time)
11 July (Part-time)
29 August (Part-time)

Contact Tropical North Queensland TAFE today to enrol.

Youth Without Borders

Youth Without Borders, a Brisbane youth advocacy group will be running an engineering camp at the University of Queensland from the 4 - 8 July.

This camp aims to help Indigenous, migrant and disadvantaged students consider higher education and promote engineering to those who may not have previously considered it.

Students will be accommodated on campus at St. Johns college to add to the 'university living' experience.

Fifty students from grades 10 - 12 will be chosen for the 'Spark Engineering Camp' and it will be free of cost for all.

Students can be nominated by anyone, including themselves by completing the nomination form on the YWB website at www.youthwithoutborders.com.au

For more information please contact:
Yassmin Abdel-Magied
0402 761 593

Pride of Australia Nominations

Launched June 12, there will be stiff competition because of all the acts of bravery during the recent disasters, but if you want to nominate someone, go to www.prideofaustralia.com.au  

There are other categories besides bravery like; Young Leader Medal,  Care and compassion medal, Inspiration, Environment medal, Fair Go medal…etc.

Nominations can be submitted online.

Lattitude Volunteers Abroad

Application Process

Our application deadline for 2012 placements is fast approaching. If your students are interested in applying, please encourage them to apply before the deadline on Wednesday 22 June 2011.

In July we will conduct face to face interviews with all applications at interview centres around Australia. If these times don't suit we can always arrange an alternative interview time in our Melbourne office or over the phone. If your students have any questions about the application process, they can read the information on our
website or contact us and we will walk them through the process.

Join In On The Theatrical Fun At TYC These School Holidays.

Book today for TYC’s electrifying, exhilarating and exciting WINTER DRAMA SCHOOL before it sells out! Program One: Marvel Madness, begins on Tuesday 28th June and runs through to Friday 1st July 2011 from 9am – 3pm while Program Two: Pirates of the Dark Curse, takes charge at 9am till 3pm on Tuesday 5th July through to Friday 8th July 2011.
Participants in Program One, Marvel Madness will experience the essentials of stage acting as they explore the weird, wild and wacky heroes, heroines and villains from DC and Marvel comic books and devise their own play through improvised and scripted scenes. Participants in Program One, Pirates of the Dark Curse will go on a whirlwind adventure these as they devise, rehearse and improvise their own adventure play based their favourite pirate films and stories such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, Hook, Treasure Island plus many more.
TYC Winter Drama School will see children and young people aged 7yrs and over participate in 4 full days of creative exploration where they will develop the essentials of stage performance through improvisation, role-play and characterization. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore set and costume design as well as incorporating multi-media performance elements such as sound, lighting and cinematography if so desired.

Participating in TYC action packed Winter Drama School program is lots of fun and sees participants make lots of new friends while also improve their acting techniques, self-confidence, communication and presentation skills, as well as their creativity.
The four-day program costs $195 and is open to children and young people aged 7yrs and over. At the end of the program participants will receive a certificate of achievement and perform for their parents and friends on the final

For more information on TYC’s Winter Drama School please phone 4041 4066, email

University of Queensland Open Days for 2011

  • St Lucia campus - Sunday 7 August (9am - 3pm)
  • Gatton campus - Sunday 21 August (9.30am - 3pm)
  • Ipswich campus - Wednesday 24 August (2.30pm - 6.30pm)
For information:
Phone: (07) 3365 3374

University of Melbourne News

The UniMelb app provides access to the latest information about the University of Melbourne wherever you are. You are able to download the UniMelb iPhone app for the latest news from around campus.

Connecting straight to the uni Newsroom, you’ll be able to check out events on campus, get an insight into current groundbreaking research happening at the University, and attain useful information on future study options at Melbourne.

There’s also instant access to the University’s contact directory, so students can access their lecturers and tutors details if they have questions about their assignments.

For interstate and international students who aren’t lucky enough to have visited, there is even included an image slideshow to show off our beautiful campus grounds to give you a taste of life and study at Melbourne.

You can download the UniMelb iPhone app directly from:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

In 2012, the Victorian College of the Arts is launching its new Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), with specialisations in Contemporary Music, Dance, Film and Television, Music Theatre, Production, Theatre Practice and Visual Art.

The new BFA continues the VCA’s commitment to studio-based learning, immersive training and critical investigation, building students’ capacity for inventive collaboration and individual achievement. BFA students will join a vibrant community of contemporary visual artists and writers, choreographers, musicians, designers, performers, actors, filmmakers and dancers all committed to the production of new artistic work.

The degree is characterised by regular exhibitions, performances, concerts and production work and the third year of study provides a focus on profiling students’ work to the arts industry.

Focus on VCA Thursday 30 June 2011 6.30pm—8.30pm

An excellent opportunity to speak to academics, meet current students and experience a little of what the VCA can offer. The entire application process will also be discussed including the online VTAC application, supplementary forms and specific audition or interview requirements.

Important dates for 2012 applications

It’s important for students to remember VCA’s unique closing dates — these dates are set in order to facilitate our audition and interview process:


29    Application closing date for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Film and TV) - late applications  will not be accepted.
31    Application closing date for Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance)


30    Application closing date for Bachelor of Fine Arts (all other specialisations)

Audition and interview dates vary. Check the website for dates and venues. Information will be available online about individual specialisation audition/interview requirements by 1 June 2011. For more details, visit:


Central Queensland University News

Science Camp for year 12 students

CQUniversity Rockhampton will host the first inaugural Science Camp for year 12 science students from Tuesday 28th June to 1st July, 2011. The Science Camp will be a great opportunity for year 12 science students to meet like minded students from outside their own school, get a taste for university life, learn from the scientists at CQUniversity, participate in lots of fun activities and explore a wide range of career options in the field. Students can register their interest and find out more by visiting www.cqu.edu.au/sciencecamp.

New Allied Health Programs under consideration

Following the successful introduction of four new health programs in 2011, CQUniversity is considering offering more new allied health programs. The study areas under consideration include health science, oral health, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry and physiotherapy. CQUniversity will aim to keep you updated with information on these proposed program areas as more information becomes available. You can register your interest to find out more about these programs at www.cqu.edu.au/interest.

New Medical and Science Facilities for Mackay Campus

To cater for the introduction of the new medical imaging and sonography programs, a new medical and applied science facility has been constructed at CQUniversity Mackay to host two multipurpose science laboratories. These facilities include a sonography suite with four state-of-the-art ultrasound machines and two radiography suites including computed radiography and digital radiography. CQUniversity also boasts a brand new Computed Tomography (CT) Scanner (pictured) offering students access to state-of-the-art equipment.

New Health Programs going strong

CQUniversity welcomed students into the new allied health programs in Semester 1, 2011. This is an exciting time for CQUniversity with medical imaging, medical sonography, paramedic science and medical science now being offered. The inaugural cohort has seen over 270 students enrolled in these programs, with the largest number of students enrolled in paramedic science.

Griffith University News

GUESTS Program

The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Study (GUESTS) program offers you the opportunity to stretch your academic boundaries and sample university life by studying a single course (subject) at Griffith University while you are simultaneously undertaking semester one or two of Year 12.

As a GUESTS student you will be enrolled as a non-award Griffith University student and will receive a student ID card. Being enrolled as a non-award student means that the course you are enrolled in does not lead to the award of a degree. However, once you successfully complete your GUESTS course, you are eligible to apply for a 'Guaranteed Offer of Entry' into an associated undergraduate Griffith degree program. Upon the commencement of your degree in the following year, you will receive full credit for the course and it will then count towards the requirements of your degree.

Please note that guaranteed entry to some programs may depend on the grade you achieve in your GUESTS course. The GUESTS program does not provide guaranteed entry into some degree programs, please see the 'Guaranteed Offer Exemptions' section below for further details.

GUESTS students are not required to pay any tuition fees or Student Contribution. However, they will have to meet their own personal study costs (for example - text books, stationery, photocopying etc).

Further information is available on the Important dates for GUESTS program1 page.

Griffith University Scholarships

Your education is one of the most important investments you will make in your lifetime. Scholarships can help with course fees, text books, accommodation costs and living expenses. With over 400 scholarships to the value of $4 million on offer, Griffith University scholarships are recognised as some of the most rewarding and supportive university scholarship programs in Australia.

Reforms to student income support and new Commonwealth-based scholarships
You may be pleasantly surprised to find out that you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth Scholarship or government support.

On 18 March 2010 the Government introduced new reforms to increase access to, and better target, income support for students who need it most, through a fairer and more equitable allocation of existing resources. As a result of these changes, from 1 April 2010, you may now be eligible to access this support for the first time.

  • For further information please contact Centrelink15 

Programs and Courses

The Future Students website is the best place for information about study options at Griffith University. It includes career information as well as full details of program requirements, structures, courses, classes and timetables.

Browse courses by study area. If you want to dive deeper, you can browse our degrees and courses by choosing a study area from the list below. This will take you further into our Future students website.

Career Search

Griffith's multidisciplinary approach opens a world of career opportunities to our students. Our career search website13 will help you find out which of Griffith's study areas will prepare your students for the career in which they are interested.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Australian Defence Force School Visit

On Wednesday 15th June, Defence Personnel will visit the school at morning tea to speak with students who are interested in a career with the Australian Defence Force. If you are interested in joining either the Army, Nay or Air Force, through general entry or through attending the Australian Defence Force Academy, please come to the library at 11am on 15th June. Students who are interested in the GAP year program are also welcome to attend the information session.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Tertiary Education Scholarships

The Far North Queensland Youth Assistance Fund can assist with scholarships for those commencing their tertiary studies in 2012.

The scholarship applications are assessed by a “merit and means test” process and are provided to assist youth to achieve their goals in their chosen field.

Applications can be obtained from the Fund’s website at http://www.fnqyaf.org.au/.

Alternatively, enquiries can be directed to the Fund’s Office on 40516590. 

Applications close 31st December 2011