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, 27 March 2012

School Of Distance Education

Are you interesed in a Cert III in Accounts Administration, worth 8 Credit Points for the QCE? Please see me in the Guidance room or Carol McPhail in E Blcok. 

James Cook University School of Creative Arts

If you are interested in reading the March SoCA newsletter please click on the following link:

SoCA eNewsletter

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Free Conference: Boats, Camps and Barbed Wire Fences - Forced Migration and the Law

Senior students are invited to attend this exciting one-day conference at the St Lucia campus on this contemporary and controversial topic.

The conference, Boats, Camps and Barbed Wire Fences - Forced Migration and the Law, will be an interactive exploration of complex contemporary human rights challenges facing the global community, focusing on armed conflict, displaced persons and refugees.
Through a combination of keynote lectures, workshops facilitated by UQ academic staff and students, and a storytelling session, students will engage with the global, regional, and local dimensions of refugee and humanitarian law issues. The day will conclude with an expert panel discussion and Q&A with the audience chaired by Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National. The panel discussion will be recorded for broadcast. This conference has specially been designed for students in Years 11 and 12.

Date: Friday 13 April, 2012 (last Friday of school holidays)
Time: 9am (registration) - 4.30pm (lunch will be provided)
Fee: The event is free of charge however places are limited
Venue: UQ Centre, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, 4072
Phone: (07) 3366 7851 (Dr Peter Billings, TC Beirne School of Law

ICT Competition - The University of Queensland

ICT Explorers Competition - register now
Teams of up to four students can now register for the 2012 Young ICT Explorers competition. Students have until late June to develop their ICT projects which can be a mobile application, computer game, website, digital art, robot, short film or animation. The most successful teams will be invited to the Judging Event at UQ in August and the winning team will receive an iPod Touch for each team member and an Apple iPad as a school prize. Prizes for second and third places will be awarded.
Watch a short video about the 2011 Young ICT Explorers competition here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_Han6-arEo
Register your teams now: www.youngictexplorers.net.au!
For information contact:
Phone07 3259 9649

Top 10 tips for study success for high school & university students

The following hints have been provided by The University of The Sunshine Coast
  1. Location, Location, Location
    Are you serious about getting your study done? Find a good location. Use
    libraries, study rooms or empty classrooms. Have a space especially for study.
  2. Make it a habit: do some study every day
    Cramming is not a good way to understand and retain large amounts of information. Schedule some time every day to stay on top of reading and research.
  3. Help exists! Search for it and improve your grades
    Whether you are an A student or a D student, you can strengthen your skills. Get to know your lecturers, tutors and teachers and ask for help when you need it. Use study guides and help centres, such as
    Student Services at USC.
  4. Write it down
    Use a day planner or wall calendar - plan time for coursework and plan ahead for assignments and exam periods.
  5. Get energised – eat, exercise, sleep
    Fatigue and stress weaken memory and comprehension. Eat properly, exercise regularly and get adequate sleep.
  6. Perform like a pro: Go to class prepared and take good notes
    Don’t miss classes. Someone else’s notes are not going to be as good as having gone to the lecture or class yourself. While taking notes, listen for examples or emphasised points. Ask questions. Learn as you go and you won’t find yourself unprepared the night before the exam.
  7. What’s the ‘big picture’?Learning requires understanding of how pieces of information fit together to form a ‘big picture’. Use course outlines, tables of contents, and headings and subheadings to organise information.
  8. Do something to remember key information
    Be active! Generate examples, create reminders and prompts, make summary notes, identify key words, highlight textbooks or add margin notes. Improve your memory by being creative and interested.
  9. Think you’ll remember key points? Prove it!No matter how well you understand something, without practice forgetting will occur. Before a test, recall information without looking at notes or textbooks and by doing practice questions.
  10. Be ‘test smart’Don’t lose marks because of test-writing errors. Use strategies to tackle different types of tests. Read instructions, budget time to marks and do less difficult questions first to build confidence.

University of The Sunshine Coast

Students and parents can sign up to their own versions of campUSConnect online.

USC Scholarship information

If your students are struggling with the prospect of funding their uni studies, on top of life’s other expenses, encourage them to look into USC’s many scholarships.

Earlier this week, almost $400,000 in scholarships was presented to 56 talented first-year students at the Undergraduate Scholarships Presentation Ceremony who investigated their options in Year 12 and made sure they applied.

The students, including school-leavers from 33 different high schools, received scholarships ranging in value from $3,500 to $12,000 to help with study and related costs.

Most recipients were from the Sunshine Coast, but some are from Brisbane, Chinchilla, Bundaberg, Pittsworth, Hervey Bay and the Lockyer Valley, and interstate from Victoria and Tasmania.

Applications for scholarships in 2013 are due in October 2012, so make sure your students start researching and preparing their applications early. More information is available on the USC

The University of Melbourne

Remember, the Future Students website for The University of Melbourne is your number one source for the most up-to-date admissions and applications information for this university:

There is also a future Students blog: 

The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne has provided me with a link to download a series of brochures. Please see me in the GUidance Room if you would like any information on the following:

Course-specific brochures:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Environments
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music

Applications and admissions brochures:
Access Melbourne
Graduate Access Melbourne
Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars
University of Melbourne Extension Program
Undergraduate Scholarships
Single Subject Studies (Community Access Program)
Year 10 Guide

Enterprise Management Project (Engineering) - Central Queensland Univeristy

The Enterprise Management Project is proudly brought to you by Engineering Link Group and is a four day event, catering for year 11 and 12 students who would like to develop their skills in team dynamics and problem solving, management and leadership, marketing and communication, venture capitalisation, entrepreneurship, time management and more. Students will participate in lectures and workshops, presented by professionals who are experts in their respective fields. After each lecture/workshop students practice their skills and then apply these to their own project. All activities are held at CQUniversity Rockhampton with students staying at Capricornia College.

This event will be held Tuesday 10 April 2012 - Friday 13 April and registrations close on Friday 2 March 2012.
For event details including costs, and how to register, click here.

Creative Writing Competition from Central Queensland University

Open to year 11 and 12 students, this competition will see your students choose from the following categories for the chance to win their very own student teacher version of Adobe Design Premium valued at $399.  Plus, the winner’s story will be featured in one of our major University publications. Students can choose from the below categories:

BE Magazine (News Story Category)
• An interesting person from your hometown
• A little known tourist spot from your region
• A regional perspective on a national issue

Idiom 23 Magazine (Creative Writing Category)
• In the year 2050 what will university life be like?
• Your dream job and where it can take you

The competition is now open and closes on 31 March 2012.

Students can submit their story online and find out more information including terms and conditions and marking criteria by clicking here.
JCU Student Outreach Program

June School Holiday Program - Science in the Tropics

Is a six day camp for any students in Year 11 or 12 who have a interest in the natural and physical sciences and would like to gain more information about the diverse range of study options and careers available when pursuing science.

Townsville: 24th to 30th June

Please see the Guidance Officer if you are iterested in attending.

Lattitude Global Volunteers

Lattitude Global Volunteering

2013 applications open

Lattitude is pleased to advise that applications are now open for their 2013 placements. They have volunteering opportunities in a wide range of countries, including new additions: China and Ghana. Theyare also offering sports coaching placements for the first time, where volunteers will be able to share their own sporting knowledge with local schools and community groups.

As a youth development charity, they are focused on making their placements available to as many young people as possible, and have introduced new scholarship and funding options. These are made up of a range of Lattitude scholarships as well as external grants your students may be eligible for.

If you are interested please visit their website for the latest information.

Lattitude would also like to highlight that there are two application deadlines this year, these are:
  • 27 April for UK Schools Assistant placements
  • 22 June for all other placements.
Other news from Lattitude

Departures and arrivals
Our first groups of volunteers have departed for 2012. The largest group of 49 volunteers departed for the UK on 9 January. They participated in an orientation in cold and snowy London before heading off to their placements throughout the UK. We also had smaller groups of volunteers depart for Malawi, Fiji, Poland, Canada, Vietnam, northern Australia, Vanuatu and India. In total, we have farewelled 132 volunteers in the past few weeks and there will be many more in the coming months.

On 24 January we welcomed 38 international volunteers to Australia. They undertook a three day orientation in Melbourne before heading off to their placements in various parts of the country.
Volunteer voice - Malawi video
This month we share a video from Zoe Millikan who volunteered in Malawi.

Zoe worked as a Teacher in a primary school from January until July last year and has put together some highlights from her time inside and outside the classroom.

This is a wonderful reflection of Zoe's experiences in Malawi. Look out for the cute song and dance that the students sing in English to welcome her and her volunteering partner, and also listen for a Malawian version of the hokey-pokey.
Click here to watch Zoe's video.

James Cook University Date Claimer for 2012


University Experience

Townsville (residential program)                         Monday 9, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July 2012 
                                                                        (Wednesday morning optional)
Townsville (local program days)                         Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 July 2012
Cairns                                                               Friday 13 July 2012

This year the residential component will be open to individual year 12 students and their parents to attend whose schools are not participating.

Open Day
Cairns                                                               Sunday 19 August 2012
Townsville                                                         Sunday 26 August 2012

JMC Newsletter

Are you interested in a career in computer animation or design? If so, please find attached the JMC newsletter with information about courses and activites that students can engage with at JMC.

2012 Open days dates are:

Sydney - April 28: Sessions 10.30am and 2pm
Melbourne - May 5: Sessions 10.30am and 2.30pm
Brisbane - May 26: All Day – from 10.30am (until 3.30pm)

To read the enewsletter click on the following link:


Occupational Therapy Information Night

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: