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.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Le Cordon Bleu Scholarships worth $67, 350.00

Are you interested in a full scholarship for 2012. Le Cordon Bleu Australia has 6 full scholarships worth $67,350.00 each.

Download the application form from their website at: www.lecordonbleu.com.au . You wiull also be able to  look at their courses at this website.

The closing date for scholarship applications is 30th zseptember 2011.

TNQIT Information Evening for the 2012 Prevocational Programs

Monday, 12 September 2011

The RSL Youth Development Program

The RSL Youth Development Program has been designed to recognise and reward the efforts of high-achieving Queensland students. The program is offered through RSL (Queensland Branch) and Bond University.

Grants of up to $5,000 are awarded annually to year 10 and 11 Queensland students that have demonstrated academic, community and leadership achievements.

Recipients of an RSL Youth Development Program grant also have the exclusive opportunity to apply for an ANZAC Scholarship to cover 50% tuition fees for any single or combined degree at Bond University at the completion of high school.

Learn more about this exciting program by contacting RSLyouth@bond.edu.au for more information.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Airservices Technical Trainee Program for 2012 - be paid while studying

Airservices currently has vacancies for their technical trainee programs which are the "Diploma of Electrical Engineering" and "Diploma of Electronics and Communications".

They are seeking applications from 2011 year 12 graduates for commencement in January 2012.

Airservices Australia provides the nation's air navigation and surveillance services.

The "Diploma of Electrical Engineering" will be performed in conjunction with cert 3 electrical trade units and the graduate, after completing an apprenticeship will be a fully qualified electrical tradesperson with a Diploma (Technical Officer Electrical).

These positions within Airservices maintain and install power systems such as standby generators, UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supplies, DC power systems, Solar power systems, building light and power, radar aerial drives, meteorological displays and air conditioning. Skills such as these are widely sought after in industry.

The "Diploma of Electronics and Communications" (Technical Officer Radio) graduates, train to  maintain and install VHF and HF Communications, terrestrial and satellite link bearers, ground based navigation aids, surveillance radars including data processing and displays. These skills are in demand in the Telecommunications industry.

The Diploma units are completed at the NSW Wagga Wagga TAFE over a two year period which includes various field placements around Australia while being paid.

At the end of this period, permanent field placements are made at various work centres around Australia.
Application closure date is the 13 of September. There sia possiblity that thsi daye will be extended, however please aim for this date if you are interested in applying. 

This is a great opportunity to study while being paid.

Cadet Drafting Oppportunities - Cairns, Townsville, Mackay And Gladstone

Please see the information I have recevied from GHD about their cadetship:

GHD North Queensland employs over 170 staff across Cairns, Townsville, Bowen, Mackay and Gladstone and service clients across the five market sectors of Property and Buildings Transportation, Energy & Resources, Water and Environment. GHD has a global network of 6000 professional and technical consultants across five continents and has been a key player in the market for over 80 years. Our Unique Cadetship Program:

Through a combination of real work experience, on the job training and part time study, the GHD
Cadet Drafting program will give you the opportunity to learn and develop your technical career. You will work with experienced professionals on a wide variety of projects throughout North Queensland, across any of our five market sectors.

Who are we looking for?
Grade 12 students, recent school leavers, and Tafe/University attendees are encouraged to apply. We are looking for students who have an interest and a passion for a career in the engineering field. We currently have Cadet Drafting Opportunities in the Water and Wastewater, Urban Development, and Building Services Service Groups across Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone.

The successful applicants will display excellent communication and presentation skills combined
with an enthusiastic, dedicated approach to on the job learning. The ideal applicant must have completed Graphics and Maths B in year 11 and 12 and have achieved a sound average or above.

This position is to start in January 2012, you must complete grade 12 and receive an OP (overall
position) of at least 16 to apply as you need to gain entry into university.

Benefits to you:
This is your opportunity to gain on the job training while completing an Associate Degree in Engineering. GHD North Queensland provides some financial support to the cost of your degree, paid study leave as well as access to senior Engineers and Designers in a supportive team environment.

To apply, please forward your covering letter, last semesters academic results and your resume to Kylie.Pedder@ghd.com by 7 October 2011. Alternatively for a confidential discussion please contact Kylie Pedder on 07 4044 2240.

To find out more about GHD recent projects visit www.ghd.com/global/projects

Queensland Institute for Aviation Engineering

Sunday, 4 September 2011

The University of Queensland

Scholarship applications now open

High-achieving domestic and international students are encouraged to apply via the online application form available on UQ's Undergraduate Scholarships website. Over 300 Academic Scholarships, valued between $6,000 for the first year of study to $60,000 over 5 years, will be awarded. Applications close 31 October (5pm). Successful students notified within one week of the release of Year 12 results.

Students who have experienced educational disadvantage due to financial hardship should apply for entry via UQ-Link Access.

For information, contact the UQ Undergraduate Scholarships & Prizes Office:

Phone: (07) 3365 7113

Email: ugscholarships@uq.edu.au

Web: uq.edu.au/scholarships


Scholarships in Agricultural Science & Agribusiness

In 2012, UQ will be awarding up to 10 UQ Merit Scholarships for Year 12 school leavers who are applying for entry to the Bachelor of Agricultural Science or the Bachelor of Agribusiness. These scholarships are valued at $6,000 for the first year of study.
Applications close: 31 October.


School of Economics Scholarships

UQ's School of Economics is keen to attract the best and brightest students and has introduced a number of prestigious scholarships for domestic and international students. Applications close in mid-November and students are invited to apply now.

For information, contact Louise West:
Phone: (07) 3365 4482


Scholarships for ICT students - applications now open

ICT Enabling Scholarships are available to encourage students to pursue a career in this field. Valued at $3000, these scholarships are awarded to students based on their Year 12 results. To be eligible, students must apply for a place in the Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Multimedia Design or Bachelor of Engineering (Software or Electrical & Computer). Applications are open until 20 January, 2012.

For information, contact Charly Camerer:
Phone: (07) 3365 3853

UQ Options Evening

Year 12 students are invited to attend UQ Options Evening in order to make the most of their OP and find out how they can study their program of choice at UQ.

This event is their opportunity to ask UQ staff and students questions about their study options. Our staff will be able to advise on entry requirements, alternate pathways into programs and the QTAC application process.

During the event, students can also attend information seminars and participate in a campus tour.
Date: Monday 19 December
Location: UQ Centre (building 27a), St Lucia campus View Map
Time: 4.30pm - 7pm
Parking: Available underneath The UQ Centre

Science Experience 2012

The Science Experience (TSE) is 3 days of fun filled science activities for students entering Years 10 or 11 in 2012. TSE runs from January 17-19, 2012 and applications close on 31 October. Participants will experience hands-on workshops, hear scientists speaking about their research, attend site visits and experience the St Lucia campus. $110 per person covers all costs and sponsored places for students are available by contacting local Rotary Clubs.

For more information or to register online visit: scienceexperience.com.au

The University of the Sunshine Coast

Changes to USC’s Tertiary Preparation Pathway application process

The University of the Sunshine Coast offers The Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) as a preparatory / bridging program designed to impart the skills and knowledge to succeed in degree studies. Students learn a range of skills including academic writing, time management, research, exam strategies and presentation skills.

TPP may be used as an alternative entry pathway into many tertiary study courses. On completion, students can apply via direct entry to most USC undergraduate programs. Students seeking admission to other universities can apply via QTAC.

Due to recent changes, please be advised, all applicants applying for the Tertiary Preparation Pathway Program (TPP) for 2012 should be directed to apply via QTAC. This is also an opportunity for current Year 12 students submitting their QTAC applicants to include TPP as back-up preference should they not get into their other preferences listed.

Further details about the program and how to apply are available at www.usc.edu.au/TPP

Should you require further information, pleases contact USC Admissions on 5430 2890 or email information@usc.edu.au.

The Young Endeavour

Australia's national sail training ship Young Endeavour is now accepting applications for youth to join eleven day voyages departing between January and June 2012. Young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply for the ballot at www.youngendeavour.gov.au until 30 September 2011. No sailing experience is required. 

A voyage in Young Endeavour is an amazing experience, and a unique opportunity for youth to develop teamwork and leadership skills through a world recognised organisation. The current ballot includes voyages along the eastern coast of Australia, which will be crewed by youth from around the country.

During each voyage youth crew learn the skills to successfully sail a square rigged ship. They climb the 30 metre mast, set and furl sails, and maintain a 24 hour watch on the bridge. They also learn to navigate, take the helm, keep lookout and help the chef in the ship’s galley. Once they have learned these skills, each youth crew will take command of Young Endeavour for 24 hours, and on their last day at sea will host a local group of youth with special needs, sharing their new found knowledge and experiences.

Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, has provided challenging training voyages for over 11,000 young Australians in the tall ship Young Endeavour. The specially designed program delivered aboard the ship increases the youth crew’s self awareness, develops teamwork and leadership skills, and fosters a strong sense of community spirit. 

For more information please visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au, or contact our office to obtain posters for your school. You are welcome to include this information in your school newsletter or website.

Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration

The health industry is changing at a rapid pace, and the role of registered nurses with it.

From 2012, ACU will be offering a new Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Business Administration program for students who want to study nursing and meet the evolving business management expectations of health services.
Registered nurses are increasingly moving from bedside practice to middle management roles early in their careers, and are expected to take leadership roles in multi-disciplinary teams. From hospitals to aged care, general practice, private practice and the community, health is increasingly viewed as a business and nurses are required to effectively manage staff and financial resources.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as a nurse, and may employ their skills and knowledge in government and/or private hospitals, rural and remote retrieval services, management, education and research and health promotion, and a wide range of occupations that require an understanding of health and business processes.

Bachelor of Applied Public Health

From 2012, ACU will be offering a Bachelor of Applied Public Health. Perfect for students who are enthusiastic about making a different to the health of individuals and communities, this course is strongly based on community engagement to produce graduates with practical, work-ready skills.

The course is well suited to students who want to prevent illness and promote health through advocacy and policy. The course has a strong foundation and touches on a variety of disciplines including nursing, exercise science and management, as well as a wide range of public health subjects. As a graduate of this course, students will develop the knowledge and skills to contribute to a healthier society.

Want to find out more? Contact 1300 ASK ACU (1300 275 228) or futurestudents@acu.edu.au


The Faculty of Health Sciences has restructured University Experience, allowing students to customise the day to match their individual interests. Students can experience a day in the life of a health science student by enrolling in either:
Be an Exercise Scientist for a Day
Be a Student Nurse for a Day
Be a Student Midwife for a Day
Be a Student Paramedic for a Day
Be a Physiotherapist for a Day

University Experience is a free program designed to allow Year 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to interact with academic staff and current students, to try out the course they are interested in studying, and to experience a truly hands on sample of life at ACU.


ACU is proud to announce the completion of a new $6 million building on the Brisbane Campus dedicated to exercise science and physiotherapy.

The building houses the School of Exercise Science, the Physiotherapy Research Laboratory, and research facilities and teaching areas for use by both exercise science and physiotherapy.

The purpose-built Research Laboratory is a flexible space designed to allow research projects in all fields of physiotherapy, contributing to the increasing research profile of the University.

The building also includes a Strength and Conditioning Lab and an Exercise Physiology Lab - which provide students with excellent opportunities to learn hands-on skills in a very modern and contemporary space. In addition to the new building, the campus has a fully licensed anatomy lab, purpose built physiotherapy teaching laboratories and an incredibly hi-tech biomechanics lab.

Head of the School of Physiotherapy, Professor Julie Hides, said the building was evidence of ACU’s commitment to its students.

“These new faculties form part of $18 million worth of improvements at the Brisbane Campus to accommodate new physiotherapy and exercise science courses,” she said. “These facilities allow us to provide students with a rich learning experience.”

Star-studded review for ACU

Australian Catholic University (ACU) continues to shine in the areas outlined by its Mission and key values, receiving the maximum five-star rating for Indigenous participation in the 2012 Good Universities Guide.

There are more than 370 Indigenous students studying at ACU, across all five faculties. Many of the courses they are enrolled in have been developed specifically to meet the educational and career needs of Indigenous students – such as the Associate Degree in Indigenous Education, and the Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous).
Flexible courses are also available, allowing students to live and work in their own communities, and come to the campus only four weeks a year for face-to-face lectures.

The Good Universities Guide rankings also demonstrated the satisfaction of ACU graduates – with the University receiving an impressive four stars for student demand, domestic teaching quality, getting a full-time job, and student-staff ratio.

Cultural diversity and access by equity groups were two other areas where ACU received high marks – with four and three stars respectively.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

St Marks’ College

St Mark’s College is an Affiliated Residential College of James Cook University providing on-campus accommodation for JCU students.

St Marks’ are happy to provide early, conditional offers of places for 2012 to prospective JCU students as they are aware that accommodation at university is a major worry for students who have to travel.

For further information please visit: http://stmarks.jcu.edu.au

Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd

Vantage Automotive Pty Ltd is a major provider of government funded vocational learning and outsourced services to major vehicle manufacturers with an extensive client list across Australia. They claim they supply the best of the best with the best and brightest to their clients and applications are being sought from students that are interested in joining the motor trade.

Students from across Australia are invited to apply for the Modern Apprenticeship Programmes and if selected will be placed at a dealer for full time employment and flown to either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for block training.

For further information please see: http://www.vantageautomotive.com/

Australian Maritime College

Want to captain a large vessel, save the world's marine environments or build super structures on the ocean?
At AMC you’ll be taught by industry leading experts and have access to some of the best facilities in the world. AMC can give you the necessary experience and skills to work anywhere you choose in the global maritime industry. Their students are central to everything they do because they recognise that their primary purpose is to equip them with the skills, knowledge and attributes that they will need to be successful in their working lives. Their lecturers are from a wide range of backgrounds including industrial positions, ship operations, marine science, maritime management, small vessel design and operation. They are hands on in helping each of the AMC students reach their potential and achieve their best.
Need to know more, have specific questions about your chosen career or thinking of enrolling?

               Contact the AMC Student Enquiry line: 
1300 363 864 (Australia only) or +61 3 6324 3503 (International)

               Seafaring Enquiries please contact:
Freecall: 1800 030 277 (Australia only) or Phone: +61 3 6324 9646
Please see their website for further information: http://www.amc.edu.au/future-students

Australian National University

If you are interested in studying at ANU, please see their web site at: http://www.anu.edu.au/

Education First High School Year Overseas

If you are interested in participating in an oversea exchange program, you may wish to Consider Education First as an agency to assist you to organise this. They have opportunities for 15-18 year olds to broaden their horizons while enjoying the support and experience of a global organisation.

Education First has a new program – Costa Rica Short Term. Students can choose to go for 2-3 months departing in January or July and learn to speak Sapnish.

For further information about programs visit: http://www.ef-australia.com.au/highschool/ 

National Institute of Dramatic Art

NIDA Open Program's Spring Holiday courses offer a variety of opportunities for young people to enjoy drama at NIDA.

Courses are available on weekdays and weekends throughout the holidays. 

Online bookings are now available.

Contact NIDA Open Program for information: 
NIDA Open Program 
Ph: (02) 9697 7626 
Fax: (02) 9313 6590.

The Spring program will include programs in Cairns.

University of Melbourne News

Extension Program Information Evening
Prospective Extension Program students and their parents can speak with University staff and former Extension students to learn more about the program.

Subjects available in 2012:
Accounting, Art History, Biology, Earth Sciences, Economics, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Languages (see the Program website), Mathematics, Music (Performance), Philosophy, Physics and Psychology.
When: Wednesday 26 October 2011

Where: The Spot Basement Theatre, Parkville Campus
Students should register to attend this event from 1 September 2011 via the Extension Program website:

Key dates for the 2012 Extension Program
Applications open Late August 2011
Extension Program Information Evening
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Music applications close
Friday 28 October 2011
All other applications close
Friday 18 November 2011
Year 11 results due
Friday 16 December 2011
Offers released Mid January 2012

Access Melbourne selection guarantee: Sessions for parents
The University of Melbourne will be hosting evening information sessions in Northern and Western Melbourne in September to provide further information for parents about Access Melbourne. Our Access Melbourne scheme provides the opportunity for students from diverse educational, financial or social backgrounds to gain access to study at the University.

Students from disadvantaged financial backgrounds or rural & isolated areas are guaranteed entry to their chosen course if they gain the minimum ATAR set under Access Melbourne for that course.
78 or above — guarantees a place in Arts, Environments or Science
88 or above — guarantees a place in Commerce
92 or above — guarantees a place in Biomedicine

Emma on Access Melbourne
“I applied through the category for rural or isolated students. There’s a mentality in the country that we have to work really hard to compete with students in city schools.

Knowing that I would be guaranteed a spot if I achieved an ATAR of 78 or above took some of the pressure off, and also meant I could relax over summer once I received my results.”

Applying via Access Melbourne
Students wishing to apply for Access Melbourne are required to fill in a SEAS application when applying on the VTAC website. SEAS applications for 2011 Year 12 students opened on Monday 1 August and will close on Tuesday 11 October at 5pm.

Information Sessions
These sessions aim to inform local schools, parents and communities about the many benefits of attaining a University education.

20 September Melton Community Hall, Melton
22 September Wyndham City Civic Centre, Werribee
27 September Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, South Morang
28 September Hume Global Learning Centre, Broadmeadows

Guaranteed entry pathway: Key changes in 2012
Pathway changes will affect your highest achieving Year 12 students entering the University in 2012.

1.     For very high achievers with an ATAR/notional ATAR of 99.90 and above, the University will be introducing the following degrees for entry in 2012:
Bachelor of Arts (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39001/39003]
Bachelor of Biomedicine (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39011/39013]
Bachelor of Commerce (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39021/39023]
Bachelor of Environments (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39031/39033]
Bachelor of Music (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39041/39043]
Bachelor of Science (Chancellor’s Scholars’ Program) [VTAC codes 39051/39053]
Domestic students who are offered a CSP in Chancellor’s Scholars’ degrees will be guaranteed a CSP in any professional entry masters (coursework) degree of their choice including the University’s flagship graduate degrees such as the Doctor of Medicine and Juris Doctor  (subject to course prerequisites)u.

More information on the numerous benefits of Chancellor’s Scholars’ Programs can be found at: www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/chancellors-scholars

u Exceptions: Master of Genetic Counselling, the Master of Psychology and the Master of Music Therapy.

2.     Students with an ATAR/notional ATAR of 96.00 to 99.85

Domestic students will be guaranteed a place in a range of masters (coursework) degrees at Melbourne (subject to prerequisites) if they achieve a GPA of 65% or higher in their undergraduate degree. See the website below for a list of available degrees.

3.     Students with ATAR/notional ATAR below 96.00

A number of graduate courses, including will continue to offer a guarantee based on academic performance at University (without an ATAR requirement).
More information on key changes for these cohorts can be found at: www.futurestudents.unimelb.edu.au/guaranteed-entry

VCE Summer School
The MU Student Union Ltd. VCE Summer School is a not for profit, two week program, which will run from 9—20 January 2012.

Designed to provide students from a range of disadvantaged schools and backgrounds with an inspiring and practical introduction to the VCE, the MU Student Union Summer School is one of the few VCE summer programs that cover both academic and non-academic aspects of student life.

Students are offered classes, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, excursions and one-on-one tutorials in all their VCE subjects. This way, students are given opportunities to apply classroom theories in the real world and develop study skills including exam techniques and time management.

The academic program is complemented by activities organised by volunteer tutors to encourage extracurricular involvement, personal development and the creation of support networks amongst students.

A residential program accommodates students from rural or regional areas. We actively seek and provide bursaries and accommodation for students who are unable to attend the program due to geographic/financial difficulties.

All our volunteer tutors have excelled in their own VCE studies and are committed to providing an inspiring and practical experience for VCE students in 2012.

Global recognition for Engineering pathways
The professional Master of Engineering programs at the Melbourne School of Engineering are the first in Australia to be granted the European EUR-ACE® accreditation label. This means that Master of Engineering graduates are now able to work as professional engineers throughout continental Europe.

This is in addition to the Washington Accord countries that already recognise Melbourne’s highly sought-after Master of Engineering programs:
·       Australia
·       UK
·       New Zealand
·       USA
·       Canada
·       Hong Kong
·       Ireland
·       Japan
·       South Africa
·       Malaysia
·       Turkey
·       Taiwan and
·       Singapore

Students thinking of taking undergraduate pathways through to the Master of Engineering will be delighted that their final degree will enable them to work in even more countries across the globe.

The Dean of Engineering, Professor Iven Mareels said that the EUR-ACE® accreditation offered Master of Engineering graduates a competitive edge when applying for work in Europe.

“For our graduates, it will mean that their skills meet the most rigorous European and international benchmarks, and that their qualifications are recognised by top employers in Europe’s leading economies.”

Find out more about the Master of Engineering programs, and our undergraduate course pathways: