Please note that this blog is intended for the students and parents associated with Gordonvale State High School, Cairns. Please check areas of interest as seen on the blog to confirm dates and other information as there will be occasions when dates will change and the information may not be included in the blog as it may not have been received by the school. Posts prior to July 2017 may have reference to Smithfield State High School as this blog was initially developed for students when I was the Guidance Officer at that school.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation - SIS40310

In 2012 the Tropical North Queensland TAFE will continue an exciting new approach to the 
delivery of the outdoor leadership programs. Working in partnership with industry, the 
Institute is seeking to deliver an innovative approach to training, involving residential 
training and assessment blocks, and workplace experience.

Planned residential training blocks:

MONTH                     TRAINING (4-5 weeks each block)
30 April – 25 May     Introduction and development of outdoor skills
2012                          Focus on abseiling, canoeing & bush walking

13 Aug – 7 Sept       Focus on acquired skills and knowledge
2012                           Extended activities & practical scenarios
Additional activity focus on high and low ropes
(Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation achieved)

15 Oct – 16 Nov        Advanced work based learning experiences
 2012                          Additional skill sets developed
(Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation achieved)

Between residential block training, students are encouraged to participate in voluntary or paid 
work placement in the local industry.

Students may exit the program at the end of the second block with a Certificate III in Outdoor Recreation, and the following endorsed skills sets:
     Bushwalking Guide (controlled)
     Canoeing Guide (flat water)
     Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (High Ropes)
     Challenge Ropes Course Conductor (Low Ropes)

Students, who complete the full program over three blocks, may exit the program with a 
Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation, and the following additional endorsed skills sets:
     Bushwalking Guide (intermediate)
     Canoeing Instructor (flat water)
     Challenge Ropes Course Supervisor (High Ropes)

Depending on the Qualification achieved, graduates may be able to register with the National 
Outdoor Leader Registration Scheme (NOLRS) for:
     Bushwalking (controlled or intermediate) Guide
     Challenge Ropes Courses High Ropes Supervisor or Conductor
     Challenge Ropes Courses Low Ropes Conductor

Depending on the Qualification achieved, graduates may also be eligible to register with 
Australian Canoeing for:
     Flat Water Canoe Instructor or Guide Level 1

Pathways and Opportunities
The Certificate IV in Outdoor Recreation at Tropical North Queensland TAFE will provide 
graduates with the skills and experience to gain employment as Outdoor Leaders
Leadership settings can range from traditional outdoor education programs to adventure 
tourism operations.

Outdoor recreation is a major growth area in both the tourism and the outdoor industries.  
People skilled in this area can develop careers with outdoor education centres and schools, 
adventure tourism operators, adventure travel companies, outdoor equipment suppliers, 
tourist resorts running adventure activities, and as specialist activity guides.

Entry requirements
It is a recommendation that applicants have completed Year 12 or equivalent. Students must 
also hold a current first aid certificate (equivalent to HLTFA301C) prior to program 
commencement. It is recommended that potential students have some previous experience 
of outdoor activities.

Program Commitment
The Certificate IV Outdoor Recreation Program involves 3 * 4 - 5 week residential training 
blocks, online study, and industry based experience. During the residential blocks training will 
take place 5 days per week. At least 15 days will be spent in the field and there will be 
approx 10 nights camping. As the program is taught in a sequential and interdependent 
manner, attendance at all classes is crucial.

While Physical fitness is not a selection criteria for the course, students should be aware of, 
and prepared for some physically demanding aspects of the program.  Students will 
engage in adventure activities such as bushwalking, canoeing, orienteering, abseiling, 
and high ropes courses. These activities, whilst conducted as safely as possible, have 
a degree of inherent risk associated with them.  Students and/or guardians need 
to be aware of these risks prior to enrolment.

The approximate cost for the full program will be around $3500.00. This is subject to change. 
The cost for Block 1 in Semester 1, 2012 will be approx $1000 Standard or Concession

Enrolment is now open

Study Mode
Mixed mode, face to face residential blocks, online learning, and workplace experience.

Other information
Fees include all tuition, transport to most outdoor venues, textbooks, camping fees, prussic 
ropes, map, and a course T-shirt. Specialist outdoor equipment (ie canoes, PFDs, 
stoves and abseiling equipment) will be provided for students to use during the course. 
Students are responsible for providing their own personal clothing and equipment (i.e. 
sleeping bag, rain jacket, backpack, compass).

Assessment Information
A variety of assessment methods will be employed throughout the program, including 
practical demonstrations, scenarios, written assignments, group assignments and oral 
presentations. Assessment will also involve live work activities with real client groups.

Learners Driving Test at Earlville Library

This program is aimed at students / youth going for their Learners drivers licence this year - Earlville Library's Youth computers now feature the Queensland Transport Learners  Online  Driving Test  programs  and the CD Rom and Ready for the Road - Indigenous Drivers Licencing Program 

By providing both these resources students can test their knowledge by completing the test online, giving them an indication of the areas that they need to focus on before sitting the test.  The questions are similar to those used in a Customer Service Centre (CSC), Queensland Government Agency Program (QGAP) office or police station.

The Library also hold copies of Your Keys to Driving in Queensland  & Ready for the Road CD Rom that are available for loan.

Access is free and  youth  without a Cairns Libraries membership card are still welcome to use the programs however they will need to seek assistance from the front desk to log in first.

For more information please contact  Earlville Library ph 4044 3752.

'Special' ADFA 2013 Information Evening

Defence Force Recruiting is holding a 'Special' ADFA 2013 Information Evening.  THe information for the event is as follows:   

Date:        Thursday 8th March 2012
Time:       6.30pm start
Location:   Defence Force Recruiting
                55 Lake Street 
                CAIRNS   QLD   4700 

RSVP:      By Friday 02 March 2012 by phoning 07 4048 8000

FNQ Youth Assistance Fund

For information about the FNQ Youth Assistance Fund, please visit:

The Youth Off The Streets Scholarship

The Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Nominations are open and the closing date for nominations is 5pm on 6 April 2012.

This year, over 20 young people from throughout Australia will be awarded scholarships. Scholarship recipients will receive mentoring and funding of up to $5000 for 2 years to help them with their education and training. Each recipient and their guest will be flown to Sydney to attend a special award ceremony in September 2012.

Nominations can be made by the young person themselves, or on their behalf by a teacher, Youth Worker or other party involved in the young person’s life.

If you believe you may benefit from a Youth Off The Streets Scholarship, please download an application form from:

Monday, 27 February 2012

Gap Medics

Medics are offering exciting projects for students that are looking to apply for university courses in medicine, nursing, dentistry or midwifery.

The programmes combine healthcare experience with a once in a lifetime travel experience too.

For students thinking of applying for a healthcare related degree, the Gap Medics programmes offer hospital work experience which is needed before applying for medicine and to see if a career in healthcare is appealing.

The program is open to Year 11 and Year 12 students who are looking to apply for healthcare related university courses in Australia.

Placements run every weekend of the year in The Caribbean, Tanzania, India and Thailand so students can choose any weekend of the year to travel on.

Gap Medics are the leading provider of short-term healthcare work experience placements abroad. We are based in the UK and our programmes are open to all students from around the world and are particularly popular with Australian students.

During weekdays, students will shadow highly skilled doctors in their day-to-day work on a fully-supervised hospital placement.

Students will also have the benefit of clinical teaching, safe and secure accommodation in the Gap Medics students house, food, transfers in country, local orientations, 24/7 support from teams overseas and in the UK and lots of help with preparations for their trip too.

The specifics of the projects can be viewed the website http://www.mmtracke.co.uk/5/link.php?M=11421704&N=6105&L=9777&F=T.

Defence Technical Scholarships

For Defence Technical Scholarships - go to www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/technicalscholarship

Important dates:  01 February 2012 - Opening date 2012 DTS Application Period

                        09 March 2012 - Closing date 2012 DTS Application Period

A Defence Technical Scholarship (DTS) is a fantastic opportunity for Year 11 and 12 students, intending to pursue an ADF general entry 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, you will be required to tell us th ADFwhy you are interested in an ADF technical trade career as part of the selection process.

Please see the Guidance fficer if you have any questions.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

GAP Year Information

Are you considering a GAP year at the end of Year 12. If you are, there are brochures and  information in the Guidance Office that has been provided by various agencies. Please feel free to visit the Guidance Office to look at the information available

Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)

Are you interested in studying medicine or another Health Science in 2012? Some universities require students to sit a UMAT exam. The following information has been taken from the UMAT website and provides information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, the test date and registration dates, and how to register.

Test Date and Registration Deadline
UMAT2012 will be held on Wednesday July 25th 2012.  UMAT is offered once a year only. Registrations for UMAT2012 will open in early April, 2012 and they close at 5pm AEST on Friday June 1st 2012. For information regarding registration for the UMAT, please visit: http://umat.acer.edu.au/

How To Register
Registration is available online only via the UMAT website. To register you will need a computer with internet access and an email address. This email address will be used for all communication from the UMAT Office, including information on how to access your Admission Ticket and results.

You must read the Information Booklet carefully BEFORE you register.  The Booklet contains important information that you should know.  The UMAT2012 Information Booklet will be available in 2012.  Until this is released, the UMAT2011 Information Booklet may be used as a guide.

The UMAT can be sat in Cairns in 2012.

For further information, including information about which universities and courses require the UMAT, please visit the UMAT website at: http://umat.acer.edu.au/ Please note there are some companies that assist students in preparing for the UMAT for a fee.

Welcome to The Guidance Blog for 2012

Hello and welcome to my Guidance Blog.  For parents (and students) who do not know me, my name is Jenny Wilson and I am the Guidance Officer at Smithfield High School. In previous years, I have put together Guidance Newsletters for the Year 11 and 12 students with information about scholarships, univeristy courses, GAP year programs, resume writing, Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre information and much more, however information does not always make it home to parents who would also like the information. Initially the newsletters were printed on paper, and then the move was made to e-mail it to all of the Year 11 and 12 student school e-mail addresses, however again there were some issues surrounding students not using their school e-mail addresses. Please students, become familiar with your school e-mail address as information is e-mailed there not only from the Guidance Office, but other departments as well.

Through developing a blog I am hoping that students and parents can both access the information at any time.

Please contact me at school by phone on 40 584 333 or e-mail on jwils312@eq.edu.au if you have any questions about information you read in the blog.


Jenny Wilson