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, 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.