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.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

2013 Hawker Scholarship

2013 Hawker Scholarship  
The 2013 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday December 10th and close on Friday 4th January 2013.

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 $45,000 over three 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.

Governor-General Ms Quentin Bryce AC presented the 2011 scholarships and Governor of South Australia, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR officiated at the 2012 presentation ceremony.

The scholarships are available to all Australian students. Since 1990 the majority have been awarded to students entering their first year of university study. The Scholarships provide support for a student’s residential expenses in nominated university colleges and halls and may include some university course fees.

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.

More information:

Ian Doyle
B Ec. Dip Ed
Media Coordinator

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Scholarships - Australian Defence Force

ADFA Education Award
The Australian Defence Force Academy Education Award is presented annually to Year 12 students in recognition of leadership potential, and academic and sporting achievements exhibited during Year 11. The award comprises of a laptop computer and certificate for students, along with a plaque of recognition for your school. There are up to 100 awards available on behalf of the Navy, Army and Air Force which will be presented to suitable applicants who have applied for entry to ADFA.

To be eligible to apply for the Education Award, students must currently be studying Year 11 subjects that meet both the educational qualifications for admission to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and single Service requirements (refer to:www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/adfa/howToApply/educationAward.aspx .
Students need to submit an application prior to 28 February in the year they undertake Year 12. However, they are encouraged to apply in Year 11. They may apply for awards to all three Services, however, they will only be assessed for the Education Award against their first preference. If they are successful, they will only receive the award if they are enrolled in Year 12 at the time of the award presentation and meet the age requirements for ADFA entry.

The application process comprises the ADFA entry aptitude test, medical testing and a series of interviews including an Officer Selection Board (OSB).
The ADFA Education Award is unbonded, which means there is no obligation to accept an offer to attend ADFA, nor is the Australian Defence Force obliged to offer appointment to an award winner. A representative of the ADF would present the award to recipients at a school assembly in the second school term of Year 12.

Key Dates for ADFA Education Award
1 May Applications open (of the year the Applicant is in Year 11)
28 February Applications Close (of the Year the Applicant is in Year 12)
March to April* Officer Selection Board
May Notification of Award Winners
Second School Term Presentation of Awards
January the Year after you graduate from Year 12 Entry to ADFA* Boards are held in Canberra (travel, accommodation and meals provided). ^ Subject to Year 12 final results in competition with other applicants. To find out more about the ADFA Education Award please visit www.defencejobs.gov.au .

Defence Technical Scholarships
A Defence Technical Scholarship (DTS) is a fantastic opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students with an interest in pursuing a technical trade career after completing Year 12. The DTS rewards technically savvy students for staying on at school and enrolling in specific subjects.

Year 11 recipients will receive $2000, and Year 12 students will receive $3000. Although there is no obligation to join the Navy, Army or Air Force after finishing school, students will be required to tell us why they are interested in an ADF technical trade career as part of the selection process. For more information about DTS visit www.defencejobs.gov.au/dts

Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)

Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations) - 3 SPACES STILL AVAILABLE!

Tropical North Queensland TAFE is holding a holiday cookery program in the November/December/January school holidays. This 6-week program is a pathway into a cookery apprenticeship. It involves face-to-face theoretical training, simulated practical training in our onsite commercial kitchens, and vocational placement to gain real-life industry experience!

This course is ideal for current Yr 12 students who are selecting post-school training options, or for students who may be considering leaving school at the end of 2012.  

Study Mode:      Full time (Monday to Friday – 8am-4:30pm daily) – delivered over 6 weeks

When:                  26 November – 21 December 2012  AND (break for Christmas holiday  
                             period) 7 – 18 January 

Where:                S Block, Cairns Campus, TNQT

Cost:                    $1050.10 (full) $639.04 (concession)
       Please note: Uniforms and basic knife kit to be purchased separately

Students are welcome to contact Norma Frempong-Manso (4042 2610 or norma.frempongmanso@tafe.qld.edu.au) or Darcy Greer (0409 486  830 or darcy.greer@tafe.qld.edu.au) to enrol, or to obtain further information.

Central Queensland University Paramedic Science Week Work Experience Program

University of Queensland MBBS Change of entry requirements

The University of Queensland has recenlty changed its policy relating to the use of the UMAT exam for entry into the MBBS provisional entry for school leaver programs. From semester 1/2013, UQ will no longer require applicants to attain a minimum score of 50 in each of the three subsections of the UMAT.Applicants are still required to sit the UMAT and applicants with OP 1/rank 99 will be selected in order of their UMAT aggregate, however the requirement to attain a minimum score in each of the UMAT subsections no longer applies.

This is important information for students who may wish to add one or more of the UQ MBBS provisional entry for school leaver offerings as a QTAC preference. The final date to add or change preferences for the January offer round is 10 January 2013.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Pre-vocational courses in 2013 - places in Automotive & Construction still available

There are still a number of places available in the following 2013 pre-vocational courses:


Please see the attached course information brochures for further details regarding these pre-vocational programs.

Successful completion of these programs will provide many opportunities for students in these trade areas. Pre-apprenticeship training provides the skills and knowledge required by industry, and these programs are highly regarded by employers seeking apprentices as they can be assured of a beginning level of knowledge, skills and task awareness.

Entry Requirements
Year 10 or equivalent (desirable).
The minimum entry requirements are a pass in Maths, English and Science at year 10 level, however achievements in other subject areas, work experience etc, will be taken into consideration. There is a minimum age requirement of 15 years.

These pre-apprenticeship programs are ideal for current Yr 12 students who are selecting post-school training options, or for students who may be considering leaving school at the end of 2012.  

Students are welcome to contact TNQT on 1300 656 959 to enrol, or to obtain further information.  

Flyers have ben sent to student school e-mail addresses.

Music and Sound Production Summer Sememster Courses

Australian AMPED is offering a Certificate IV in Music and Certificate IV in Sound Production run over 10 weeks in summer starting on the 26th of November. This program is designed for students that are looking to get into a Tertiary music program that may be out of reach at present. The courses are an accelerated learning pathway that will guarantee entry to their corresponding Diploma with Australian AMPED and can also be used to support applications at other tertiary facilities.

Places for this program are strictly limited and students must pass an entry exam to qualify (the entry exam counts as recognition of prior learning – RPL). In addition a Certificate III in Music will be offered over 20 weeks that can be entered with basic music skills as a prerequisite. Courses will be run at AMPED facilities on the Sunshine Coast. For details on the courses please visit www.australianamped.com.au or call 07 3030 5505.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

TNQIT Information Sessions

TIME:             5.30pm, Tuesday 27 NOVEMBER 2012
LOCATION:   S Block, TNQT Cairns campus (Gatton St entrance)

Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) is holding an information session for students who are interested in undertaking training in the areas of Hospitality, Nursing, Tourism, Business and Events management in 2013.

By attending this free info session, students have an opportunity to learn more about training options at TNQT, and will gain the knowledge to make an informed decision about their future career.

The info session is ideal for current Yr 12 students who are investigating post-school training options, or for students who may be considering leaving school at the end of 2012.

Students are not required to RSVP to confirm their attendance. However, you are welcome to contact TNQT on 1300 656 959 to obtain further information.  

Thursday, 25 October 2012

2012 RSL Youth Development Program

There are now less than 3 weeks until the RSL Youth Development Program closes for applications. This generous program recognises and rewards the outstanding efforts of this year's grade 10 and 11 students from across Queensland the opportunity to apply and potentially share in over $500,000 in grants.

In 2012, the RSL Youth Development Program will offer 200 grants in the following categories:

·         Academic Achievement (inclusive of Arts, Drama, Dance and Media)

·         Sporting Achievement

·         Community Leadership and Civic Participation

Recipients of the RSL Youth Development Program will receive grants of $2,500 and the top 10% of the highest achieving year 10 and 11 students will receive a higher recognition via a $5,000 grant. Recipients will also have the exclusive opportunity to apply for a scholarship worth 50% of tuition fees to study either a single or combined degree at Bond University after the completion of high school. Please visit
www.RSLyouth.com.au <http://www.RSLyouth.com.au>  to review more information about the program.

Applications are open online at
http://www.RSLyouth.com.au <http://www.rslyouth.com.au/>  and will close at 5:00pm on Sunday, November 11, 2012. All applicants will be required to submit the following:

1.       Full personal details.

2.       Specification of your chosen category.

3.       Identification and evidence of achievements.

4.       A letter of support from an RSL member in Queensland.

5.       A letter of reference from someone who can verify achievements stated e.g. school principal, sporting coach, community leader.

6.       An essay about the importance of the RSL and ANZAC values to Australia's youth.

Please phone 07 5595 1067 or email 
RSLyouth@bond.edu.au for further information.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Going to University next year?

Have you got your Tax File Number (TFN)?
If you want to go to University next year (and are Australian), you will need a TFN so you can pay less fees and to also defer your fees via a HECS-HELP loan.

Apply for a TFN now through the Australian Tax Office (ATO) at www.ato.gov.au.

For more information on HECS-HELP, refer to the HECS-HELP booklet at http:/studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helpfulresources/pages/publications, or
contact JCU at 1800 246 446.

ADF Women in Army information session

Information Session for Women in Army.

Defence Force Recruiting Cairns is conducting a ‘Women in Army’ Information Evening.  The evening will centre on YOU, your questions about the recruitment process and what to expect at the next stage, your questions about the roles that you are applying for, as well as an informative and practical demonstration of the physical fitness assessment (PFA).   If you know of any Women interested in gaining a better understanding of the requirements to enter the Australian Defence Force please pass these details onto them.

Come and join the team as they answer the questions you have on life in the Army
and the Australia Defence Force.

Bookings are essential.

Date:  Wednesday 31st October 2012
Time: 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Location: Level 1, Oceana Walk
55 Lake Street,

Please RSVP to Joanne Furler
P: 07 4048 8000

Thursday, 18 October 2012

QTAC Information

Year 12 students, please check your school e-mail's for the latest newsletter from QTAC.

Interested in a career within the automotive industry?

Auto Skills Australia have just launched a new website www.maapmyfuture.com.au   If you’re thinking that the automotive industry is only about the car industry, think again.

The automotive industry offers a broad and diverse range of careers that provide local, national and international career paths for trainees, apprentices and personnel in automotive manufacturing, retail, repair and maintenance operations, bicycles, motorsport, motorcycles, marine, sales, outdoor power equipment and much more.

MyCareerMatch has partnered with Auto Skills Australia to help students figure out what they’re good at and what careers in automotive best match them.

The survey is free and students interested should go to www.maapmyfuture.com.au and select “Match me with an automotive career”.

New careers: How to thrive in the 21st century

Produced by the editors of COSMOS, this guide (link below) covers careers in science, engineering, law, finance, business, agriculture, architecture, IT, the arts, and much more.
Kick Start Your Career shares inspiring career success stories from graduates, reviews major career growth areas for jobs of tomorrow and shows you how to gain critical skills to forge your pathway to the future.

The University Of Melbourne Residential College Applications

Applications for places at residential colleges for semester one intake 2013 are open!

Here are a few tips:

·         Closing dates vary for colleges, so it’s important to check the closing dates on the website:

·         The first step once you have chosen your college of first preference is to fill in the online application form:

·         Don't forget to make a note of the Application ID and password.

·         The online application will be received by the college of first preference when you hit ‘submit’.

·         You will then need to visit the website of their college of first preference, as you may have extra forms to fill out for referees, interview requests etc.

You will need to post or email the extra documents including forms specific to the college of first preference, your most recent school results, and photographs. This is also outlined at the end of the online application, and on our How to Apply page.

If you have questions about the application process, you should directly contact your college of first preference. Colleges contact details can be found at:

More info

For more general questions, contact the Intercollegiate Office:

Tel: 03 9347 9320

Email: enquiries@colleges.unimelb.edu.au

The University of Melbourne "Dive into Design" Summer School

The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning invites secondary students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to take part in an annual four day workshop at the University of Melbourne during the school holiday in December.

Dive into Design introduces students to a range of design skills, programs and concepts, currently used in architecture and design tertiary courses and in the industry, including:

·         Photoshop and SketchUp
·         Architectural drawings and graphics
·         Spatial drawing
·         Urban design
·         Model making
·         Landscape architecture

So what are the criteria to get involved? No prior skills or knowledge is expected. You just need to have an interest in architecture and design.

All sessions are highly interactive and led by experienced tutors, lecturers or industry professionals.

Rural, interstate and overseas students are encouraged to take part in the workshop and live on campus at Trinity College, on the university's campus, for the week.

Experience University life first hand in a safe and friendly environment and gain the practical knowledge they need to make key decisions about their future. 


When:                  Monday 10 December to Thursday 13 December 2012
Time:                    9.30am — 4.30pm each day
Cost:                      $450 per student (includes all workshop materials, lunches and snacks).

For full program details and to register visit:

More info

For more information, contact Amber Perry, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

Tel: 03 9035 4982
Email: perrya@unimelb.edu.au

The University of Melbourne Young Leaders Program

The Young Leaders Program at Trinity College at the University of Melbourne offers an outstanding academic and personal development opportunities and a hands-on taste of university life.

Who:                     Australian and international students aged 14–17

When:                  Sunday 2 December to Sunday 16 December 2012

Where:                Trinity College, University of Melbourne

To find out more and to register, visit the Trinity Young Leaders website:

Or email:


Students interested in Paramedic Science have the opportunity to attend the CQUniversity Paramedic Science Work Experience Program at CQUniversity Rockhampton in December. Year 10, 11 and 12 students who are interested in a career in Paramedic Science, are invited to apply to attend.
Students will learn what it would be like to work as a paramedic with hands-on activities in the state-of-the-art paramedic training facilities. The program includes simulation skills training, a field trip incorporating a range of emergency services and a simulation challenge. The program will run from Monday, 3 to Wednesday, 5 December 2012 and will be held at CQUniversity Rockhampton. Spaces are strictly limited.

To register your interest in the work experience program, please email schools@cqu.edu.au.
To find out more information about the Bachelor of Paramedic Science at CQUniversity, please visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/study/what-can-i-study/health-and-medical-sciences/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-paramedic-science.

Central Queensland University Engineering

QTAC applications have opened and now is the best time to apply to start a career in engineering at CQUniversity Australia. The Bachelor of Engineering (Co-op) program at CQUniversity Australia offers:
48 weeks of paid work placement with our industry partners
Hands-on learning experiences
First-class learning facilities
The advantage of graduating work ready
Campus locations on the doorstep to the mining and resources boom

Visits can also be organised to view our new CQUniversity Rockhampton engineering precinct. For more information about studying engineering at CQUniversity, please visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/study/what-can-i-study/engineering,-mining-and-technology.

Central Queensland university New Health Professional Programs for 2013

CQUniversity Australia is proud to introduction a new suite of allied health professional programs in 2013 including the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Bachelor of Podiatry Practice, Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

For more information on these and other health and medical sciences degrees at CQUniversity click here. Applications are now open to study in term 1, 2013. Visit www.cqu.edu.au/apply for more information about how to apply.

Central Queensland's New Medical Sonography Offerings

CQUniversity is delighted to announce that the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography is now available on-campus at CQUniversity Brisbane and Melbourne, in addition to Mackay, Sydney and by distance education*. The four-year linked degree and graduate diploma is the first of its kind in Australia, providing students with the opportunity to enter the profession with no prior degree in health sciences. Students will benefit from state-of-the-art, purpose-built learning environments and 62 weeks of clinical placement.
For more information on the Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography, please visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/study/what-can-i-study/health-and-medical-sciences/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-medical-sonography-and-graduate-diploma-of-medical-sonography.

*Only the first year of the program is available by distance education.

Central Queensland Information Sessions

CQUniversity Australia will be hosting two information sessions in December to provide an opportunity for prospective students to have their questions answered. The discussion topics will include:

• Flexible study options available including part-time, full-time, on-campus, or distance education with the option to fast-track their degree by studying during Term 3
• Entry pathways including STEPS and TEP
• How to apply
• Changing preferences
• Support services available to students
• Career pathways
• Scholarships available
• On-campus accommodation options.

Online information session
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
4 pm – 7 pm (AEST)
 Online and drop-in information session (all Queensland campuses)
Monday, 17 December 2012
4 pm – 7pm (AEST)
Visit our calendar for more information about the drop-in events.

Visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/calendar for online chat details.

Central Queensland University Music and Theatre Auditions for 2013

Auditions and interviews for places in the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Theatre in 2013 are about to get underway at the following locations:
Brisbane: Tuesday, 30 and Wednesday, 31 October 2012 Townsville: Thursday, 1 November 2012 Rockhampton: Tuesday, 6 November 2012 Mackay: Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Candidates must apply through QTAC to be eligible for an audition. To apply for an audition, register online at www.cqu.edu.au/musicandtheatre. Candidates are permitted to audition via DVD if they are unable to attend a live audition. For further information, please phone 07 4940 7800 or email musicandtheatre@cqu.edu.au .

Lattitude Australia GAP Year information

2013 placements still available

A variety of placements are still available for an enriching volunteering experience in a new country and culture next year.

From teaching options in China, to assisting local communities in India or supporting young campers in the UK or Canada, there are plenty of options to suit everyone.

School leavers can receive extra benefits if they volunteer in the Asia/Pacific region, through a new initiative called Young People with Borders, which includes funding to help with the costs associated. For more information about this new program, visit

For further information  visit http://www.lattitude.org.au/

TNQIT Hospitality Scholarships for 2013

Tropical North Queensland TAFE is pleased to offer Year 12 High School students an exciting opportunity to complete advanced studies in hospitality under the 2013 Hospitality Scholarship Program.

Hospitality scholarships being offered in 2013:
Ø  Certificate III in Hospitality - up to the value of $500.00 (* tuition fees only)
Ø  Diploma of Hospitality - up to the value of $2400.00 (* tuition fees only)

*Students will be required to pay course materials.

An e-mail with an attached information flyer has been sent to all Year 12 students at their school e-mail address.

Applications close Friday October 26, 2012.
For more information or to nominate, please contact Tracy Turner on (07) 4042 2436 or email tracy.turner@tafe.qld.edu.au.

TNQIT Tourism and Events Scholarships for 2013

Tropical North Queensland TAFE is pleased to offer Year 12 High School students an exciting opportunity to complete advanced studies in tourism & events under the 2013 TNQT Scholarship Program.

Tourism & Events scholarships being offered in 2013:
Ø  Certificate III in Tourism - up to the value of $500.00 (* tuition fees only)
Ø  Diploma of Tourism - up to the value of $1400.00 (* tuition fees only)
Ø  Diploma of Events - up to the value of $1100.00 (* tuition fees only)

*Students will be required to pay course materials.

An e-mail with an attached information flyer has been sent to all Year 12 students at their school e-mail address.

Applications close Friday October 26, 2012.

For more information or to nominate, please contact Tracy Turner on (07) 4042 2436 or email tracy.turner@tafe.qld.edu.au.

TNQIT Nursing Scholarship for 2013


Tropical North Queensland TAFE is pleased to offer Year 12 High School students an exciting opportunity to complete advanced studies in nursing under the 2013 TNQT Scholarship Program.

Nursing scholarship being offered in 2013:
Ø  Diploma of Nursing - up to the value of $5129.00 (* tuition fees only)
*Students will be required to pay course materials.

An e-mail with an attached information flyer has been sent to all Year 12 students at their school e-mail address.

Applications close Friday November 2, 2012.

For more information or to nominate, please contact Tracy Turner on (07) 4042 2436 or email tracy.turner@tafe.qld.edu.au.

TNQT Horticulture Open Day

TIME:                  1.30-4.30pm, Friday 9 NOVEMBER 2012
LOCATION:        V Block, TNQT Cairns campus

Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) is holding an open day & BBQ at the Horticulture training facility.

The Horticulture Open Day provides a fantastic opportunity for students to learn more about Horticulture training at TNQT.

Students who are investigating post-school training options, or who may be considering leaving school at the end of 2012 are welcome to attend.  
Students are welcome to attend after school hours (b/w 3pm-4.30pm) with their parent/guardian.

Students are not required to RSVP to confirm their attendance. However, they are welcome to contact the Horticulture teacher – Vito Musumeci on 0417 732 991 – to obtain further information.