Disclaimer

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, 9 November 2011

Instructor Internship Intake now open for 2012/13

EA have opened applications for their Ski & Snowboard Instructor Internship Programs for the 2012/13 winter season in North America, Japan and New Zealand.

This is a fantastic opportunity for school leavers because it gives them an opportunity to obtain paid employment at a top Resort, and complete an internationally recognised ski or snowboard instructing qualification. I would be grateful if you could inform interested students, in their last or second to last year of high school, of this opportunity.

EA advises that interested students should enquire early as there are only limited employment positions available for 2012/13.

If you would like to receive direct career advisor updates or would like additional information to pass onto your students about this opportunity please email us at sstraining@educatingadventures.com.

Successful applicants will receive:
  • A GUARANTEED offer of employment as a Ski or Snowboard Instructor which includes uniform, full season pass and discount deals
  • Early season orientation, instructor training and accommodation package - Everything sorted so all you have to do is ski or ride!
  • International Instructor Association membership and level one ski or snowboard examination
  • Training, support and further qualifications throughout the season
  • Assistance and support with obtaining Working Holiday Visas, flights and insurances (in partnership with STA Travel)
EA are looking for school leavers who:

* Have a passion for skiing or snowboarding (intermediate to advanced ability welcome)
* Have a willingness to learn through training and working
* Have an interest in travel and adventure
* Are available between December and April
* Will be 18 years of age by November 2012
* Are looking for a life changing experience
* Have the financial support to participate (the all inclusive program costs start at approx $5500)

Early Bird Discount - only before December! Students who sign up before December this year will receive a $500 discount on our 2012/13 season internships!

Interested Students Should: contact EA directly for access to our online instructor starter kit by emailing us at sstraining@educatingadventures.com

This will give some really handy (and FREE!) information, tips and advice on taking a winter season and entering the ski industry.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

LUI Nimber reminder - Please know your LUI Number

This year, all results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education, as well as OPs and Field Positions, will be available in student learning accounts on the Student Connect website from 9 am on Saturday 17 December. Students will not be able to access their results online without their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password.

Assistance with QTAC applications over the holidays.

Should students want/need assistance with altering QTAC applications after the school year finishes, they are able to access assistance by contacting Wendy Drysdale until December 23rd 2011 and after January 9th 2012 before the first round of offers are made. Wendy’s contact number is 40 465 222.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

James Cook University Scholarship Information




Australian Disability Enterprise

The following information has been provided from Australian Disability Enterprise:

Are you leaving school? Do you have a disability? Would you like a job? You should think about working at an Australian Disability Enterprise. An Australian Disability Enterprise helps lots of people get a job and keep it.

What is An Australian Disability Enterprise?

An Australian Disability Enterprise is a business. It sells products and services. It is just like any other business, but An Australian Disability Enterprise employs people with disability.

I have never worked before. Can I get a job with An Australian Disability Enterprise?

You can get a job, even if you have never worked before. The Australian Disability Enterprise will:
  • check what you can do (your skills)
  • see if they have a job where you can use your skills
  • teach you how to do the job
  • give you the help you need to do the job.
What help will I get at work?

You will get the help you need to do your job. For example, you may need some new tools to do your job. Or you may need some help from a supervisor to do your job. Or you may need to work at a time that suits you.

What sort of job will I have?

Each Australian Disability Enterprise sells different products and services. There are lots of different jobs. For example, your job may be:
  • gardening
  • making products
  • sorting mail
  • preparing food
  • cleaning
  • selling clothes and books.
How much will I get paid?

The Australian Disability Enterprise will pay you a wage. When you get a job, they will do a 'wage assessment'. Then the Australian Disability Enterprise will tell you how much you will get paid for the work you do.

Why would I want to work at An Australian Disability Enterprise?

Having a job will make you feel good!
  • You will be doing interesting work.
  • You will get the help you need to do your job.
  • You will be paid a wage.
  • You will learn new skills.
  • You will make new friends.
Is there An Australian Disability Enterprise near me?

There are more than 600 Australian Disability Enterprises in Australia. There may be An Australian Disability Enterprise near where you live.

Who do I contact?

For more information about Australian Disability Enterprises and what's available in your area, contact Centrelink by phone on 131 021 to make an appointment or visit www.centrelink.gov.au

You can also contact the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Phone 1300 653 227

You or your parents, carer or teacher can also search the Internet for the Australian Disability Enterprise closest to you. Go to the ADE website www.australiandisabilityenterprises.com.au

Scholarship Information - Queensland University of Technology

The following information hasbeen supplied to the school from the Queensland University of Technology:

·         Investigate and apply for scholarshipswww.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/undergraduate-scholarships
·         Apply for entry programs for low-income, Indigenous or elite athletes – www.qut.au/study/applying/undergraduate-applications/special-entry-programs
·         Develop a backup plan in case they don’t the OP they are hoping for – www.qut.edu.au/upgrading

TAFE Try a Trade Day

University of the Sunshine Coast

The following informatio has been received from The University of The Sunshine Coast:

New programs for 2012
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) ;
Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery*
Changes to Bachelor of Business

Newly approved is the Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), starting in February 2012. This four-year degree boasts practical learning and guest industry lecturers to ensure students learn the most up-to-date engineering professional practice.

USC’s Professor of Engineering Mark Porter said mechanical engineers are in high demand, particularly in mining, power generation, transport, building and manufacturing.

Also offered for the first time in 2012, is the Bachelor of Nursing Science/Bachelor of Midwifery*. Already receiving many applications, this new program is set to be a huge success with vast opportunity for professional placements and extended internships.

The program will prepare students to practice in a range of health care settings and to contribute to improving health outcomes through nursing and midwifery practice.

While not a ‘new’ program, students interested in studying business at USC no longer have to nominate their area of specialisation when submitting their preferences to QTAC. Students choosing the Bachelor of Business degree can still specialise in one or more areas (eg. tourisminternational business or information systems), but don’t have to nominate their field of study at this stage. USC’s Business degrees give students the fundamentals of business in their first year so that they get a taste of the broad fields of business before choosing the area/s in which they want to specialise.

* Program is subject to approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Options Evening - Monday 19 December

If you have chosen USC as a QTAC preference, or are yet to apply for study in 2012, now is the perfect time to get answers to your questions.

You can attend USC’s Options Evening on Monday 19 December, anytime between 4pm and 6:30pm for last minute advice on university entry and studying at USC in 2012. You can even find out what it’s like to be a student at USC, by taking a tour with our current students.

Register to attend online or phone 07 5456 5000.
Top 10 tips for starting uni

Starting uni can seem a bit daunting at first, but it’s really not that scary. Here are a few tips to set students up for success, regardless of which uni they are planning on going to.

1) Are you eligible for financial assistance? In 2010, more than 500 undergraduate students at USC received financial support from scholarships, bursaries and prizes worth more than A$1.2 million. Applications for students studying in semester 1 2012 at USC are due by 18 November.

2) Plan to get your preferred class times. To get the class times you want, you need to plan and get in early. As soon as you accept your offer in January on USC Central you can enrol in your classes for semester 1.

3) Be prepared. Before you start classes, you can buy your text books and notebooks, and also check out the online student portal so you know your way around.

4) Attend Orientation Week. O-Week is full of academic and social activities - it’s a great way to meet students and staff, make new friends and have some fun!

5) Get involved. The UniClub is a great place for USC students to study, meet friends or just hang out and relax.

6) Brush up on your academic skills. Every university offers free support services to help you write and research at a university level.

7) If you need help, just ask. Remember that there is plenty of help, support and assistance – you just need to ask.

8) Go to class. Attending your classes means you’ll meet people and be up-to-date with the content and won’t need to cram at the end of semester.

9) Find a balance between work and study. Most students work about 15 hours per week during the semester. Remember, there’s about 4 months of holidays each year in when you can work more!

10) Relax and enjoy the campus. USC has a really relaxed campus atmosphere. Sometimes it’s nice to take a moment to recharge - you can take a quick nap on the bean bags in the Library, or as many students do, have a rest on the grass amongst the kangaroos.
Changes to Tertiary Preparation Pathway application process

USC offers the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program as a preparatory / bridging program designed to teach the skills and knowledge to succeed in degree studies. Students will 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 programs. TPP is offered across three intakes annually and is free of program tuition fees for Commonwealth supported students. On successful completion, students can apply via direct entry to most USC undergraduate programs.

Due to recent changes, please be advised, all applicants applying for TPP for 2012 must apply via QTAC. Students submitting their QTAC applications should include TPP as back-up preference (preference number 5 or 6), just in case they don’t get into their other preferences. Further details about the program and how to apply are available on the USC website or by contacting USC Admissions. The QTAC Code for TPP is: 019901.

Interested in Beauty Courses?

The Bellevue Beauty Academy has provided me with the following information for students:

Students can start studying with The Bellevue Beauty Academy from Year 10 on a V.E.T release programme and continue through Year 11 and Year 12 to complete all different levels of training from Certificate II , III and IV level , up to a Diploma.

They say they are a boutique academy specialising in all areas of the beauty industry including nails, beauty therapy, massage therapy and also makeup artistry for film, television, photography, bridal, high fashion and much more .

The Bellevue Beauty Academy is located in the heart of Brisbane city on Margaret Street so it is extremely accessible to students.

Their next open day is the Saturday 3rd December 9-1pm.

Film Making Summer School - The University of Melbourne

The summer school is suitable for both teachers who want to enhance their understanding of filmmaking and students looking to a career in film or media.
The Filmmaking Summer School, held on campus at beautiful Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, offers expert teaching in all aspects of practical film production by our leading, award-winning filmmakers including Director Nadia Tass and Cinematographer David Parker (Malcolm, The Big Steal, Amy, Matching Jack), Screenwriter Mac Gudgeon (Halifax f.p., Ground Zero., Last Ride), Sound Designer Craig Carter (Babe, Romeo & Juliet, Rabbit Proof Fence), Producer Sue Maslin (Japanese Story, Celebrity Dominic Dunne, Hunt Angels, Michael Kirby: Don't Forget the Justice Bit),  Composer Cezary Skubiszewski (Two Hands, Bootmen, Bran Nue Dae, Red Dog) and Cinematographer Ellery Ryan (Angel Baby, Death in Brunswick, That Eye the Sky, Spotswood, The Brush Off,  Van Dieman's Land), amongst many others.

Areas taught cover screenwriting for features and shorts, writing for television, writing children’s film and television, screen producing, production management, directing actors, production and sound design, editing, digital effects, film music, screen language, film business and legalities, marketing and distribution, documentary filmmaking, a 5 day cinematography intensive and a directing masterclass with Nadia Tass.

The course/s can be taken in full (20 days), in part (14 days) or as an introductory course (12 days) or participants can choose their own days and make up their own course.

The Filmmaking Summer School is suitable for teachers and students alike, and provides practical instruction on state-of-the-art equipment in features, shorts and documentary film making as well as an introduction to the acting process, a realistic picture of the Australian film industry and how to find a place within it. 

Inexpensive, safe accommodation is available on campus at Trinity College.

The summer school runs daily weekdays and one weekend from 9.30am to 5.30pm, 4 to 29 Jan 2012, and can be taken in set courses or as individual days.

All the course details, including a downloadable enrolment form at: 
Information and Bookings  
Tel: 03 9347 5035,  0402 359 047      

The Filmmaking Summer School is part of the public engagement program, Screen Studies, The University of Melbourne.

Careers in Health and Fitness

The Queensland Academy of Fitness has sent me information about their courses.  The information that has been received is as follows:
Enrol NOW and be industry ready to commence paid employment in 2012
Use your health and fitness qualifications to gain entry into further studies
Having a gap year after school?
Want a job with flexible hours while at uni?
Looking for a fun and exciting career?
THEN A CAREER IN HEALTH & FITNESS IS FOR YOU!
Become a Personal Trainer, Aerobics Instructor, Gym Instructor, Older Adults Trainer, Children Trainer or Massage Therapist
You can be finished in just a few months, and be earning a living in an industry that's fun, interesting and extremely rewarding! For more information on courses and to find out our special school leavers discount call today on (07) 3324 1333 or visit our website www.qaf.com.au

Pilot Aptitude Training Systems

If you are interested in a career as a Pilot, a helpful web link may be http://www.pilotaptitude.com/ as it provides information about cadetships, prerequisites, costs and other information.

Next Step Survey

Year 12 students will be receiving a postcard soon regarding The Next Step Survey. Please read it closely as it provides information about the survey for this years Year 12 students.

A scanned copy of the Postcard is as follows:




The 2011 Next Step survey is the seventh statewide survey of students who completed Year 12 at government and non-government schools across Queensland. The survey results show the initial study and work destinations of young people who finished school in 2010.
 
The survey was conducted between March and May 2011 and achieved a response rate of 80.8 per cent.
 
Summary results of the 2011 Next Step survey are as follows: 
  • almost nine in ten Year 12 completers (88.9 per cent) were studying or in paid employment at the time of the survey
  • six in ten (60.9 per cent) continued in some recognised form of education or training in the year after they left school
  • more than one-third (35.9 per cent) were undertaking a university degree
  • one-quarter (25.1 per cent) were studying vocational education and training (VET)
  • over half of the campus-based VET students were studying at Certificate IV level or higher (7.2 per cent of all Year 12 completers)
  • over one in nine (12.0 per cent) commenced employment-based training, either as an apprentice (8.0 per cent) or trainee (3.9 per cent)
  • approximately four in ten (39.1 per cent) did not enter post-school education or training, and were either employed (28.0 per cent), looking for work (9.1 per cent) or neither working, seeking work nor studying (1.9 per cent)
  • more than 2700 Year 12 completers (7.3 per cent) had deferred a tertiary offer. Among this group, most were working (35.6 per cent in full-time jobs and 47.7 per cent in part-time jobs).
Detailed results of the 2011 Next Step survey are available in a comprehensive statewide report and ten regional reports.

4 Year Marine Cadetships

Australia's largest privately owned shipping company, Sea Swift, is a Cairns based business established over 24 years ago employing in excess of 300 people. Sea Swift have contacted Smithfield High School and asked that we inform our Year 12 students (aged between 17 and 22 years) that they will be offering six cadetships beginning in JAnuary 2012. The cadetships will be offered to both genders and will cover training in vessel operations, all elements of general cargo handling and engineering disciplines.

The cadetship will entail a four year committment and on completion the student will be a qualified ships officer, able to move into senior positions throughout the marine industry.

Please see me if you have any questions or you are interested in applying for the cadetship, as I do have application forms in myoffice. Alternatively, contact Sea Swift at hr@seaswift.com.au with your questions or to request an application form.

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