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, 24 October 2011

Release of 2011 results and OP's.

This year, all results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) as well as OPs and FPs will be available in students’ learning accounts on the Student Connect website from 9 am on Saturday 17 December 2011. Please be aware that this year OPs and FPs will not be available through an SMS service. Student Connect is available at: https://studentconnect.qsa.qld.edu.au/.

Students must know their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to log in and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously activated their learning account.

Students will receive their Senior Education Profile, which may include a QCE, Tertiary Entrance Statement, Senior Statement or Queensland Certificate of Individual Achievement in the mail from Monday 19 December 2011.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

NQ Youth Assistance Fund - 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 www.fnqyaf.org.au.

Alternatively, enquiries can be directed to the Fund’s Office on 40516590 (9am – 3pm Mon-Fri). 

Applications close 31st December 2011. 

Thursday, 20 October 2011

C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship

The 2012 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship opens on Monday 5th December and closes on Friday 6th January 2012.

The C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship is one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia. Each scholarship is valued at up to $60,000 over four years.

Information about the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship and an application form are available at www.hawkerscholarship.org or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8127 1654.

The Charles Hawker Scholarship perpetuates the memory of scholar, soldier, pastoralist and statesman Charles Allan Seymour Hawker and commemorates the achievements of one of Australia’s most respected pastoral pioneers.

In 2010, seven scholarships were awarded. This year the Trustees awarded four scholarships to students from three states and the ACT. Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC presented the students with their scholarships at a function at Government House in Canberra.

The scholarships are available to all Australian students. Since 1991 the majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study.

Selection is largely based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.

Undergraduate Hawker Scholars are able to attend a range of Australian educational institutions.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Medical Reception Course

Alternative Pathways to Higher Education

The University of Queensland (UQ) has established at its Ipswich Campus, UQ College Limited, a company wholly owned by the University, providing pathway programs for students to enable entry to higher education. The College began operating this year, conducting the Tertiary Preparation Program and has now followed with this offering of an Associate Degree in Business.

 The Associate Degree in Business

 Associate Degree programs are undergraduate courses which offer excellent pathway opportunities into degree programs. UQ with UQ College as an agent has developed a unique Associate Degree designed to improve academic capability as well as develop business skills.

The College has broken away from the traditional semester program design to provide a program across 4 trimesters enabling student to complete their Associate Degree in Business in 16  months. The course is accredited by the University and will be granted 24 units of credit (or 3 semesters of full-time credit) towards the degree program.

 This program can be completed to give a qualification in its own right or to provide a pathway into a Bachelor of Business Management at UQ (St Lucia) or into programs at other Universities. Eligible students may gain HECS-HELP when studying the Associate Degree in Business. Entry is via QTAC for Semester 1, 2012 with Course Number 752302.

 The Tertiary Preparation Program

 In some instances prospective students may need additional academic development, a new start or an opportunity to improve their career and/or personal position, the Tertiary Preparation Program develops students to a Year 12 equivalent level and is a two trimester program (2 x 14 weeks). Students study 5 subjects from a list of 9 which when successfully completed can be used to gain a QTAC ranking.

 The University has funded the College to deliver this program on its behalf and there are no tuition fees. Typically, school leavers wishing to revisit their Year 12 OP may wish to consider this program. Entry is via an application and interview undertaken by the College. There is an intake in January and another in May for this program.

 These two courses are both conducted at the UQ Ipswich Campus and students have access to all of the University resources, services and facilities.

 Further information on the College and these courses can be obtained by email info@uqcollege.edu.au or web www.uqcollege.edu.au or you can ring Rod Arthur, CEO on 3381 1551.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre Information

Course Changes
Please check the QTAC website - www.qtac.edu.au - throughout the admissions period for up-to-date information on course offerings. As a quick reference, a consolidated list of Course Changes is available on the QTAC website under ‘Courses’. This list highlights the major changes to course offerings since the QTAC Guide was published.

QIBT opens on Gold Coast in 2012
The Queensland Institute of Business and Technology will open on the Griffith University Gold Coast campus in February 2012, offering a range of diploma and diploma/degree-pathway programs including commerce and business, engineering, hotel management, foundation studies, and an associate degree.

International students
International students completing an Australian Year 12 qualification can apply through QTAC.
QTAC ensures that tertiary institutions are made aware of applications made by international students. Please note that offers to international students are made directly by the relevant institution, not QTAC. Further, entry requirements, study costs and offer dates for international students differ from those for domestic students. Prospective international applicants should contact the institution for more information.

Alternative ways to meet prerequisites
If you do not satisfy the minimum entry requirements for a course, your application for that course is generally not considered further, irrespective of the strength of your OP or QTAC selection rank. Commonly, minimum entry requirements include Year 12 subject prerequisites. (Prerequisites are listed against each course entry in the QTAC Guide and on the QTAC website.)

If you have not satisfied subject prerequisites for a course through your Year 12 studies, you should check with the institution offering the course for alternative ways to meet the prerequisite. A summary of alternative ways to meet the English subject prerequisite, including successful results in bridging subjects or the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), is found on page 16 of the QTAC Guide and on the QTAC website.

Likewise, most institutions accept various ways to meet a maths prerequisite. For example:
          The ‘Maths B (4,SA)’ prerequisite may be satisfied by: a Sound Achievement in Maths Cover four semesters; or a combination of a Sound Achievement in Maths B over two semesters and a sound achievement in Maths Cover two semesters.
          The ‘Maths A (4,SA)’ prerequisite may be satisfied by a combination of Sound Achievements in Maths A and Low Achievements in Maths B and C.
          Maths prerequisites may also be satisfied by sitting the STAT or completing bridging subjects.

As institutions differ in regards to acceptable ways to satisfy prerequisites, applicants are always encouraged to seek advice directly from the institution.

Institution Specific Policy Changes
Australian Catholic University
QTAC Guide, page 33: Australian Catholic University will only accept AQF Certificate III qualifications from current Year 12 students.
James Cook University
QTAC Guide, page 17: To meet the English subject prerequisite, James Cook University will accept English Communication (4,HA). Please note, English Communication will not satisfy the English prerequisite for B Pharmacy, B Physiotherapy, B Dental Surgery, B Veterinary Science, and B Medicine/Surgery.
Southbank Institute of Technology
QTAC Guide, page 19: STAT results are only valid for 2 years, for the purpose of demonstrating English language proficiency.
TAFE Queensland
QTAC Guide, page 19: STAT results are only valid for 2 years, for the purpose of demonstrating English language proficiency.
University of Southern Queensland
QTAC Guide, page 38, 43: The age requirement of 18 years for USQ alternative entry no longer applies. USQ applicants can now sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) or submit a Personal Competencies Assessment (PCA) at any age. This change does not apply to current Year 12s who are unable to sit the STAT or complete a PCA.

Educational Access Scheme
QTAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) replaces Special Consideration of Educational Disadvantage. QTAC’s EAS takes into account circumstances beyond your control that have affected your level of academic achievement when assessing an application for tertiary entrance. These circumstances may relate to: disrupted schooling; home environment and responsibilities; English language difficulties; personal illness/disability; refugee status; school environment; and financial hardship.

In the first instance you should seek compensation for these circumstances through your school. Because QTAC’s EAS can only increase your competitiveness for tertiary entrance, it will not change your OP or other school results.

You can apply for EAS via your QTAC tertiary study application. You will need to provide QTAC with documents that support your case, including an Educational Support Statement from your school. More information about the documentation required is available on the QTAC website.

Bonus rank schemes
There are Bonus Rank Schemes for current Year 12 students applying to commence tertiary study in 2012 at: Australian Catholic University; Griffith University; Queensland University of Technology; Southern Cross University; The University of Queensland; University of Southern Queensland.

Bonus ranks may be awarded for successful completion of specific Queensland Year 12 subjects such as Languages other than English (LOTE) and Maths C, and some university-level subjects.
          Australian Catholic University also awards bonus points for a range of other Queensland Year 12 subjects relevant to the course applied for.
          Queensland University of Technology also awards bonus ranks for successful completion of the Queensland Year 12 subject Engineering Technology, for applicants to QUT’s Bachelor of Engineering.

Applicants may be awarded a combination of bonus ranks. The maximum number of bonus ranks awarded depends on the institution.
There is no separate application process for these bonus rank schemes. The points are applied automatically to the student’s QTAC application. For more information, visit www.qtac.edu.au/Schools/BonusRankSchemes.html.

The Commonwealth Scholarships Program financially assists students on low incomes. Scholarships include:
Student Start-up Scholarships and Relocation Scholarships. Centrelink will automatically pay these scholarships to eligible students.
Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships, Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships, and Indigenous Access Scholarships. Applicants must apply through the university for these scholarships.

For more information, visit www.centrelink.gov.au or www.goingtouni.gov.au.

Institution scholarships
Many tertiary institutions offer sporting, academic and other equity scholarships. Applicants must apply through the tertiary institution for these scholarships. For more information, contact the institution you wish to attend.

QTAC may contact you about your application
QTAC may contact you for various reasons, for example, to advise that:
          further documentation is required to assess your application
          your preferences are not ordered correctly for consideration in an upcoming offer round
          an offer has been made to you
          you have not responded to an offer and as such the offer may lapse Each year problems arise when students move and do not notify QTAC of their current contact details. This is particularly the case where boarders use the school address in their application and then return home or go on vacation and forget to notify QTAC.

Likewise, email accounts that terminate at the end of the school year are not suitable. You should provide your personal email address for QTAC contact purposes. If you provide a mobile phone number, QTAC may also SMS you about your application.

If address and contact details change during the admissions period, you can update your details via the Current Applicant online service at www.qtac.edu.au.

Griffith University Information

Options Evenings

Whatever your OP or Rank, you still have plenty of options available, and time to reconsider your degree preferences. Griffith has a wide range of degrees that can help you land the career you seek. Attend their Options Information evening and find out about the degrees available at Griffith.

Gold Coast

South Bank

  • Date: Tuesday, 20 December, 2011
  • Time: 3-6 pm
  • Location: Queensland College of Art Courtyard (140 Grey St, South Bank), South Bank campus PDF (1.25MB)
Register online or call 1800 677 728. Admissions and program area staff will be on hand throughout the evening to provide assistance and advice on courses, programs, fees, admissions, preferencing deadlines, offer rounds and any other specific queries that you may have regarding studying at Griffith in 2012. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you require information about study at Griffith, but you can not attend the Options Information Evening event, you can register to chat with us online between 3pm and 6pm on Tuesday 20 December instead. Or you can contact us on 1800 677 728 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and talk directly with experienced advisers about your options and course requirements.

Rock School

If you're in high school and want a hands-on crash course in popular music check out Queensland Conservatorium's week-long Rock School.

You will learn stagecraft and live sound, song writing, performance and recording in the industry standard, multi-million dollar popular music studios at our Gold Coast campus. The week culminates in a live performance.
The following link gives you a taste of what to expect jammin' with the girls1.

Dates: January 9th – 13th 2012 (first program) and January 16th – 20th 2012 (second program)

How to apply: To apply for a place in our Rock School holiday program, fill in the application form and forward to the address on the form. The full fee for the week's program for successful applicants is $485 (GST inclusive).


  • Telephone: +61 7 5552 9036

The University of Melbourne

Environmental scholarships

As Melbourne School of Land and Environment (MSLE) undergraduates, your students could be eligible for one of our environmental scholarships from a range of generous donors.

Ongoing support through investment organisations is an example of our links with industry, with a number of agriculture students securing a $6,000 scholarship from Rural Finance in September 2011. In addition to our undergraduate scholarships we also offer annual prizes to high-achieving students.

Your students can take advantage of our undergraduate scholarships through the following programs:
·         Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture
·         Bachelor of Agriculture
·         Bachelor of Science (majors in Agricultural Science, Food Science, Animal Science and Management, and Geography)
·         Bachelor of Environments (major in Environmental Geography, Politics and Cultures)
·         Bachelor of Arts (major in Geography)

Engineering scholarships

Future engineering students at the University of Melbourne have access to an impressive range of scholarships thanks to the support of donors and the Melbourne University Engineering Foundation.
Undergraduate students on an engineering pathway within their bachelors degree are eligible for the Melbourne School of Engineering’s generous Loxton and Tewkesbury scholarships. These scholarships, worth $22,000, are awarded to one male and one female undergraduate aspiring engineer on the basis of their academic performance and a personal statement.
Six $5,000 JH Mirams scholarships are also available to students studying specialised masters courses (excluding the Master of Engineering, Master of Spatial Information Science and Master of Information Technology).
Find out more about our range of engineering scholarships:

Student Union VCE Summer School: Apply now

Applications are now open for the MU Student Union Ltd. VCE Summer School, from 9 – 20 January 2012.
The program is designed to provide students from a range of disadvantaged schools and backgrounds with an inspiring and practical introduction to their VCE years, both in terms of academic skills and personal development.
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 is run to accommodate students from rural or regional areas. The program prides itself on actively seeking and providing bursaries and accommodation for students who are in need of academic support, yet are unable to attend the program due to geographic/financial difficulties.
Make sure your students are aware of this fantastic introduction to life as a VCE student.
Full details including costs and how to apply:
Contact the Summer School: summerschool@union.unimelb.edu.au

Architecture and Design Summer School: Registrations open Monday 17 October

When:  12—15 December 2011, 9.30am—4.30pm each day
Where: University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus
Cost:      $450 (includes all workshop materials, lunches and snacks
Contact: Amber Perry    Tel: +61 9035 4982
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning invites students in Years 1012 to join our annual Summer School. Now in its third year, the school is ideal for students interested in further study, a career in a related field or for those who just want to learn more about design.
Students will be introduced to a range of key design skills including architectural drawings and graphics, Photoshop and SketchUp, spatial drawing, urban design, landscape architecture and model making. Rural, interstate and overseas students are encouraged to take part and live on campus at Trinity College for the week.  Staying at Trinity is optional and costs a further $76.00 per night including bed, breakfast and dinner.

Registrations open on Monday 17 October. To register, go to: www.abp.unimelb.edu.au/summer/

World Education Program Australia

The Time of Your Life - WEP Student Exchange!

Choose from over 20 countries around the world and experience life as an overseas teenager for a summer, semester or even a year. Request a FREE information pack!
Visit   www.wep.org.au,
Call     1300 884 733

Early Bird Special
World Education Program Australia (WEP) is offering students in years 9 to 11 a $500 discount off the 2011/12 program fee towards a semester or year program to any of the following countries departing in July - September 2012:

Brazil, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Norway, Turkey,Thailand or the USA.

“My host family was waiting for me at the airport with big smiles and open arms. All that worrying for nothing! They are the sweetest people and I feel very lucky to be staying with them.”
~ Chelsea, semester program to Italy

WEP is an independent, not-for-profit Australian student exchange organisation registered with the education departments in QLD, NSW and VIC.

Prerequisite help at Hubbard's School

Do you need a prerequisite for entry to a university course next year

Hubbard’s offers bridging courses in English, Biology, Maths B, Physics and Chemistry.  The classes run from 23 November till 20 December.  A student who has turned 17 and is currently in Year 12 will be eligible to apply for these courses.  Please visit Hubbard’s website via the link below if you are interested:

Lattitude Volunteering

Applications still open for 2012

Lattitude still has placements available for 2012 in a wide variety of countries and work types.

Here are some interesting options students might find themselves doing for next year:
  • Experiencing Latin American culture while assisting locals in meaningful ways in Argentina
  •  Leading exciting outdoor challenges surrounded by the most spectacular scenery in Canada
  • Providing much needed education to rural communities in Malawi (read below for a volunteer’s reflection on their placement in Malawi)
  • Becoming a friend and confidant to residents in a community home in the UK/Ireland
Please note: some of these placements have limited departure months available, so you will need to contact Lattitude for more information.

Telephone: (03) 9826 6266
 Email: info@lattitude.org.au

The University of Queensland

Need help getting into University?

The UQ-Link Access program is designed for students who have been educationally disadvantaged because of their financial circumstances. Approved students will receive 5 bonus points to assist with entry to their chosen UQ program, as well as a $500 Start-up Bursary once they enrol at UQ. A limited number of UQ-Link Access Scholarships valued at $3000 per year for up to 4 years are also available. For more information and to apply online, please visit the UQ website. Applications close 31 October. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of November.
For information, contact UQ Scholarships:

Phone: (07) 3365 7113