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 August 2012

TNQIT Diploma of Nursing Scholarships for 2013

Tropical North Queensland TAFE (TNQT) is pleased to offer current Year 12 students an exciting opportunity to start their nursing career with a TAFE scholarship.

An 18 month scholarship for TNQT’s Diploma of Nursing (valued at approx. $5129.00) is now open for students finishing Year 12 in 2012.
(* NB. Students will be required to pay course materials).

Please see the attached flyer for details regarding the application process. Applications close Friday November 16, 2012.

It would be much appreciated if you could please distribute this information to all Year 12 students.

To obtain further information or to apply, please contact Tracy Turner – 4042 2436 or tracy.turner@deta.qld.gov.au.

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Indigenous Health Career Pathways

The Health Heroes campaign is an initiative of the Department of Health and Ageing. It aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students to pursue a job in the health sector and supports the Australian Government’s commitment to close the gap in life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Key resources available for students include:
·         a Health Heroes website informing students about the range of health jobs, training options, career pathways and support available. The website also includes an interactive career quiz which suggests a range of health jobs based on participants’ interests and skills base
·         20 case study videos of Health Heroes – young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people talking about their real experiences and health-related jobs available on a DVD and on the campaign website
For more information, please visit www.australia.gov.au/healthheroes 

Griffith School of Engineering Bursary

Two bursaries have been developed to recognise and reward academic excellence. The bursaries are valued at $2000 each. To be eligible, you must be a Year 12 school-leaver, OP1 or OP2 recipient and applying full-time for admission to a Gold Coast, Bachelor of Engineering academic program.

PLeease visit http://www.gu.edu.au/scholarships

Griffith University's Queensland Regional Electronic Engineering Bursary

Griffith University recognise the challenges students face to transition to university by finding suitable accommodation, managing life and finances, university orientation and management of academic responsibilities.

The Griffith School of Engineering is offering the inaugural Queensland Regional Electronic Engineering Bursary to assist current year 12 regional students (attending high school in any QLD area excluding South East Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions as defined by the Queensland Studies Authority) with accommodation placement on the Nathan campus for Semester 1, 2013. The bursary may, subject to approval, be transferred to a living allowance.


Griffith University - Engineering Alternate Entry Exam (AEA)

The Griffith School of Engineering is offering an alternate pathway for students to study an undergraduate Engineering degree at Griffith University by sitting the Aptitude for Engineering Assessment (AEA exam). Successful students will receive an admission offer into the Bachelor of Engineering or Bachelor of Engineering Technology on either the Nathan or Gold Coast campuses. The AEA exam is open to current year 12 students, mature age and international applicants.

The AEA exam will be held in the following locations:

Test Date
Saturday 22 September
Griffith University Nathan campus or Gold Coast campus
Monday 24 September
Tuesday 25 September
Thursday 27 September
Saturday 29 September
Monday 1 October
Wednesday 3 October

Registrations open on Monday 16 April and close on Tuesday 11 September. Applicants can register online at http://www.acer.edu.au/tests/aea/registrations

Applicants will be informed of their results within six weeks of undertaking the exam.

If students are successful, they will still be required to submit a QTAC application but will be provided information on how to process the admission offer admission to commence tertiary study at Griffith University.

Griffith University offers the below engineering disciplines:

Gold Coast campus
Nathan campus
Sustainable Energy Systems
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Electronic and Computer Engineering
Civil Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Sport and Biomedical Engineering
Software Engineering
Mechanical Engineering (new in 2012)
Microelectronic Engineering

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Supporting women scholarships available for 2013 - information technology

Skills Queensland have made scholarships available for women studying ICT at vocational and tertiary education levels in 2013.  Each scholarship is valued at $5000 per annum for the length of the qualification (up to a maximum of $20,000).  Applications close on 12 October 2012.

More information about the scholarship and the application process can be found at:  http://www.skills.qld.gov.au/supporting-women/about.aspx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Le Cordon Bleu courses and scholarships

Would you like to become a leader in Hospitality Management or Culinary Arts? Visit www.lecordonbleu.com.au/ for information on courses in these areas. Scholarships are available  - click on the scholarships tab.

University of the Sunshine Coast Undergraduate Schlarships 2013

Are you interested in studying a the University of the Sunshine Coast? If so, please see the following link for scholarship information: www.usc.edu.au/study/scholarships/

Applications must be completed online before 4:30pm, Wednesday 31 October, 2012.

Australian Maritime College Scholarships

The UTAS Scholarships Program for 2013 provides students with significant financial and academic support to study at the Australian Maritime College, a specialist institute of the University of Tasmania.
Awards are offered in a wide range of disciplines and selection is based on academic merit and/or financial need. They are available to students studying at undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework levels.
These scholarships programs are offered in addition to both Commonwealth support (HECs), Commonwealth Scholarships and AusAID. 
To view the scholarships available for 2013, please visit the UTAS Scholarship & Bursaries webpage by clicking HERE.

College of Theatre Practice

The College is a Registered Training Organisation and can offer a nationally recognised course in the area of technical theatre, the Certificate IV in Live Production, Theatre and Events (Technical Operations) with the specialisation of multi-skilled technician.
This is a short course (1 year or less depending upon enrolment) leading to a nationally recognised qualification with consistent on the job training in a working theatre.
This is the only course of its kind offered in Brisbane; in a theatre venue and environment.
The College has access in the day time to a fully functional theatre, which has a busy program of productions for adults and children.
The course will enable students to be part of stage productions, providing direct work related experiences.
Experienced theatre technicians will be able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL). Depending upon their experience if they meet the criteria required of a unit they may be given exemption or partial exemption from that unit. This means for instance that an experienced sound and lighting technician may only need to do a little over half of the course.
For any further queries, please contact us on telephone 07 3369 2344 or click here to contact us. Alternatively visit: http://collegetheatrepractice.com.au/ 

NIDA Staging Course

Audition, interview and project requirements will be available online from July 1st. Applications are made directly to NIDA and close on 30th September 2012.

The NIDA Staging course develops students' understanding and ability across all aspects of staging. The course includes opportunities to experience a professional working environment through industry placements as well as the staging of NIDA events and productions.

Working with industry experts, you’ll develop a sophisticated understanding of how to apply the principles of science, engineering, construction and communications management to bring performances in theatre, opera, music, film, television and events to life. This course is the only one of its type offered in Australia, and one of a few in the world. You’ll learn about performance history, current staging practice, staging engineering, stage rigging, as well as project management.

For further information visit: www.nida.edu.au/staging

Australian Agricultural College Corporation TASTE Experience

The TASTE program is designed for both males and females who are considering training options and/or a career path in agriculture, horticulture and conservation and land management. Year 10, 11 and 12 students are encouraged to apply. 

For further information see: www.agriculturalcollege.qld.edu.au/resources/taste-brochure-application.pdf

ICT Enabling Scholarship at UQ

Please see the following link for information about the scholarship:


Minimising Exam Stress

The suggestions below have been taken from the following KidsHelpline web page: www.kidshelp.com.au/grownups/news-research/hot-topics/exam-stress.php 

Practical ideas to help your child cope with exam stress
·        Stick to a routine of going to bed at a reasonable time, eating regularly and making time to have fun and exercise
·        Cut back on coffee or any other stimulants you may be using, as these can increase agitation. Drink lots of water instead
·        Take time out when you eat, rather than carrying on with study
·        Eat fresh fruit, veggies, cereals, grains, nuts and protein - they are all good for the brain and blood sugar levels.
·        Eat when you get hungry. This keeps blood sugar and hydration levels steady
·        Avoid junk food if possible because it will bring a sudden sugar high and then fall away quickly leaving a person feeling tired

Relaxation ideas to help your child cope with exam stress
·        Always try to relax before you go to bed after concentrating for long periods of time. Activities such as reading a book or chatting to a friend may help you unwind and sleep better
·        Go out for a walk, run or to do some other exercise that you enjoy
·        Relaxation techniques can be very effective. For example, put on some gentle music, lie down, close your eyes and breathe deeply while visualising a calming scene such as a deserted beach
·        Try to visualise success - this can really help with self-confidence

Ideas for exam day
·        Organise and pack everything that you need to take with you into the exam, the night before
·        Keep away from people who may agitate you before the test or may say unhelpful, anxiety-provoking comments
·        Take time to slow your breathing and relax when you first sit down
·        Read through the paper, underlining key words and instructions. Work out how long you have for each question or section
·        Watch out for the wording of the questions - make sure that you understand and address what the question is really asking
·        Answer the questions you find easiest first, then as you relax more move onto the other ones (by then your mind has relaxed and you are likely to find the work easier)
·        Re-read answers if possible and make any changes that are necessary - cross out notes, correct spelling, check workings

Australian Defence Force Information (including scholarship information)

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 .


In the Australian Defence Force

Do you want a challenge? Looking for an adventure? Want to make a difference?
From medicine and health, logistics, administration, trades, management and engineering, there is an abundance of roles for women in the Navy, Army and Air Force, some which you may not have ever considered and others that might surprise you.
Be in the know with Women in the Australian Defence Force. If you are considering a career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF), explore www.defencejobs.gov.au/WomenInTheADF.


Get sponsored to study and gain a rewarding career.

The Defence University Sponsorship is the perfect way to make university life more manageable and provides you with the opportunity to make a difference with your Engineering or Health degree. The sponsorship is available to undergraduate or graduate students studying an accredited degree at any recognised university in Australia and provides the following benefits:
·  a salary while studying
·  HELP and student fees paid
·  18% superannuation contribution
·  A textbook allowance
·  subsidised accommodation
·  free health care (medical and dental)
·  a rewarding career as an officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force

While you’re at university, you will enjoy a lifestyle similar to any other student. There are no significant military commitments during the university year, so you can focus on your studies and enjoy your free time like any other university student.


Australian Defence Force Academy

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA), situated in Canberra is a university like no other, offering combined military and leadership training, with a world class degree from the University of New South Wales (UNSW). It has the best university student-to-teacher ratio in the country, amazing sports and recreational facilities and is one of Australia’s most respected universities.

Apply easily today at www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/adfa/ .

Fit for Life

Physical fitness plays a vital role in the Australian Defence Force, both in the permanent and Reserve forces. Because of this we have a fitness assessment that you need to pass to gain entry into the Navy, Army and Air Force. All candidates who have been recommended for appointment or
enlistment must undergo a Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) prior to entry. This includes the Multistage Fitness Test (or shuttle run) to measure your aerobic capacity. Army candidates must also perform push-ups and sit ups.

The Physical Fitness Standards for Entry Minimal requirements (taken from the ADF newsletter to Guidance Officers)

15 push-ups for males and 6 push-ups for females.
20 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 6.1.

10 push-ups for males and 4 push-ups for females.
20 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 6.5.

15 push-ups for males and 8 push-ups for females.
45 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 7.5.


Navy Clearance Diver and Naval Reserve Diver
6 heaves (chin-ups), 30 push-ups, 25 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 10.1.

Air Force Ground Defence Officer and Airfield Defence Guard
15 push-ups, 45 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 7.5.

Army Special Forces Direct Recruiting Scheme
30 push-ups, 60 sit-ups and Beep Test to Level 10.1.

For more information on Health & Fitness in the ADF go to http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/campaigns/fitness/ and by following the tips in our fitness section you will be well prepared to meet the requirements of the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

ADF Active Iphone Fitness Application

ADF Active has been developed to help you prepare for the PFA. Everyone is unique and your fitness level, when starting preparations for joining the ADF, is no different. ADF Active helps you track your progress and achievements along the way, whilst also helping to develop and improve your overall fitness.

ADF Active features specific programs for a range of fitness levels all developed by qualified ADF personal trainers. The programs cater for a range of fitness levels and come with step-by-step instructions plus video demonstrations to ensure you're getting practical and relevant information on improving and maintaining your fitness level. You can track your progress and test your overall fitness - all from your iPhone. Use it to prepare for joining the ADF
or simply have fun getting fit.

University of Melbourne Course Search Launch

The University of Melbourne are excited to tell you about the launch of the University’s Course Search, which has been recently redeveloped to better meet the needs of future students (and their advisers).

The redeveloped Course Search now includes:

  • More detailed undergraduate course information
  • Details about every single undergraduate major offered at Melbourne (there are nearly 100!), including career outcomes
  • More detailed information about our Concurrent Diplomas
  • Information about our most popular Study Pathways, including Step by Step diagrams, to clearly explain the Melbourne curriculum. Pathways include:
    • Architecture
o   Dentistry
o   Engineering
o   Medicine
o   Law
o   Physiotherapy
o   Teaching
o   Veterinary Medicine, and more!
§  Undergraduate entry requirements and subject prerequisites for nearly 50 different qualifications from all over Australia and around the world
§  Easy to find information about tuition fees
§  Improved search functionality to help you find the information you’re looking for.

You’ll also notice that Course Search is now divided into different sections for undergraduate and graduate course information, making it even easier to find the details you’re looking for.

Start searching now!

University of Melbourne Scholarships

What are the closing dates for undergraduate scholarship applications at the University of Melbourne?

Each scholarship has its own closing date. To find out about the different scholarships available to students, as well as opening and closing dates, see the website listed below.

Faculty scholarships
Many faculties have specific scholarships and benefits for those applying to their courses. Please check the website of their preferred course for more information.

School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships video series

From hospitality, plumbing and electrical apprenticeships, to traineeships in veterinary nursing and community services, the Real Stories. Real Achievements video series shares the stories of people and organisations who have secured their future through vocational education and training (VET).

Featuring past winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, these inspiring videos prove that investing in a nationally recognised qualification can lead to greater employability, greater job security, greater earning potential, greater choices for work options and, for many individuals, a better life!