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, 26 March 2013

UMAT - Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test

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
UMAT2013 will be held on Wednesday July 31st 2013.  UMAT is offered once a year only. Registrations for UMAT2013 will open in early April, 2013 and they close at 5pm AEST on Friday June 7th 2013. 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  information book can be accessed at: http://umat.acer.edu.au/files/UMAT_info_book_13.pdf

The UMAT can be sat in Cairns in 2013.

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.
The school will not recommend any of the courses above another or refer students to certain courses. Should students wish to engage in a preparation program, then this will be done at their own discretion. Students can source a number of companies who offer UMAT preparation courses online.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Griffith University GUEST Program

Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) The Griffith University Early Start to Tertiary Studies (GUESTS) Program is for senior students who wish to undertake a single course (subject) at Griffith University.

Click here for further information or contact the GUESTS Coordinator, Ms Carolyn Gardiner on 07 3735 4035 or email guests_enquiry@griffith.edu.au. Carolyn is also available to speak to your students upon request.

New Courses on Offer - Griffith University

Occupational Therapy coming to Griffith in 2014

Griffith University will offer a new Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2014 at the Gold Coast campus.  There is an emerging market need in Australia for Occupational Therapists with demand expected to continue to grow very strongly.
The degree will have a strong focus on the latest developments in the profession, work placements, and community connections to prepare graduates to work in new areas of practice in addition to health and education. To find out more visit the website.
Bachelor of Education Secondary

Griffith has broken the record for this year's intake of first year students in the Bachelor of Education Secondary program, with over 250 students starting in the School of Education and Professional Studies.
This degree is offered at both Gold Coast and Mt Gravatt campuses and for the first time ever students considering a career as Maths/Science teachers can study completely on the Gold Coast campus and fast track their degree. For more information about this degree visit the website.

Media Potential Holiday Program

Defence Force Recruiting Cairns

Defence Force Recruiting Cairns will be holding a Tri Service Information Seminar on the below dates and times. PLease note, this information seminar is during the Easter holidays.

Family and friends are welcome to attend.  Please note that any travel incurred will be at the individuals own expense.  Further details follow:

Date:                Tuesday 9th April 2013
Time:               12:45pm for a 1.00pm start (during the day)
Location:         Defence Force Recruiting
   Level 1, 55 Lake Street

RSVP:              Please RSVP by Friday 5th April 2013
                        Defence Force Recruiting
                        Joanne Furler
                        P: 07 4048 8000
                        E: jjfurler@dfr.com.au

Academy of Design Workshops

Complete your Short Courses Application Form today as spots are limited

Australian Defence Force Academy

ADFA Information Seminar

Defence Force Recruiting are conducting an ADFA Information seminar for interested students and parents, showcasing the Academy.  Their guest speaker is Vanessa Dawson, Student Recruitment Officer from the Office of the Rector based at the UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

When:            Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Time:              5.45pm for a 6.00pm start
Location:        Defence Force Recruiting
                      Level 1, 55 Lake Street

RSVP:            Joanne Furler
                       P: 07 4048 8000
                       E: jfurler@dfr.com.au

ADFA Study in 2014
Year 12 students considering undergraduate study at ADFA in 2014 are encouraged to commence the application process as soon as possible. Commencing this process early in the year allows students significant time to prepare themselves physically, mentally and emotionally for the selection process.

The selection process for our future leaders is quite comprehensive and will require candidates to attend an Officer Selection Board (OSB) in Canberra for the final component of the process. OSBs are conducted during academic term breaks; however, a significant number of pre-requisite steps are required before this final component is conducted.

Offering degrees in the fields of Business, Engineering, Arts, Science, Technology and IT, graduates of ADFA are guaranteed a well paid and exciting career as a leader in the ADF.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Sports Scholarships to American Universities

Please find following, a message I received regarding sports scholarships to study at univerisites in America. If you would like a copy of the application form or "pros and Cons brochure" please see me in the Guidance Office.

AUS Recruit helps students not only receive sports scholarships to American Universities; they help families through the process.
Over 500,000 student-athletes compete in University Sport each year. More than $2 billion a year is given in sports scholarships. Many of these scholarships are going unused. The depth just isn't there in the States, so they are now looking more internationally. We currently have several athletes that have been offered NCAA DIV 1 scholarships worth over $200,000.
These sports scholarships aren't just about ability. It's such a confusing process. Grade Point Average, Subject Selections, Registering for NCAA and NAIA, sitting the SATs, what's an offer, when can I sign, if I play in a particular league do I still qualify....... there are so many reasons why our athletes don't get to play in these competitions, when they clearly have the ability to do so.
I am based in Brisbane, but will be in Cairns from 3rd April - 6th April for any athletes interested in pursuing this pathway when they finish high school. At this stage we are looking for athletes in year 11, 12 students and those who have just graduated - so 1997 - 1995 born athletes.

We can help with the following sports and competitions -
In NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA competitions
Girls - Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball, Track & Field, Cross Country, Swimming, Diving, Tennis, Golf, Softball, Field Hockey, Rowing, Water Polo.
Boys - American Football, Basketball, Soccer, Track & Field, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Volleyball, Swimming, Diving, Baseball and Water Polo.
I know there are some talented athletes in Cairns, and I would love to help those athletes out.

The first step is for the athletes to be assessed. Its hard to say how we can help the athlete until they have been assessed by our American Office, but any athlete who represents their club or school should apply. Those who are successful will be contacted prior to April 2nd - to be given the opportunity for an interview to discuss how we can help them and invited to join our program. There is no obligation. Assessment form must be emailed back to me by March 27th 2013.

There are links below to our website and my scholarship facebook page - please feel free to check them out.
Kelly Gore
0400 633 249
Your AUS Recruit Advisor
Keep up dated with the latest news, by liking my page.
Please note this is not the official AUS Recruit facebook page.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

University of Queensland International Students

For information regarding the international student admission process and other general information specific to Year 12 international students please see the following website http://www.uq.edu.au/international-students/year-12-international-students
For information, contact:
Melita Gratwick
07 3346 7375

University of Queensland - FEAST in June 30 - July 4

Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) is a five day residential program at UQ Gatton, designed to inspire and inform Years 11 and 12 students about the exciting and rewarding science careers in the agriculture, animal and food sectors.

Students will explore science disciplines through hands on activities and workshops run by UQ staff and Industry and discover the career outcomes and opportunities for their future. Students will experience University life and expand their knowledge of UQ study options, programs, careers and campus life.

Registrations open online March 18, 2013 at http://www.science.uq.edu.au/feast
For information, contact:
Karli Kollegger
(07) 5460 1279

Bursaries available to assist women

The National Council of Women of Queensland (NCWQ) is offering bursaries to female students to assist them to pay for their studies. The Elsie Byth Bursary will support a Year 12 student planning to study teaching after completing school and the Stella Bursary will assist a Year 11 or 12 Redcliffe student who is the daughter of a single parent. Criteria and application forms are available on the NCWQ website.  Applications close 8 April.

Headspace Cairns

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Youth Off The Streets 2013 National Scholarship Program

Youth Off The Streets invites nominations for the 2013 National Scholarship Program

Aim of the Program
In 1991, Father Chris Riley founded Youth Off The Streets with the mission of providing all young people with the opportunity to achieve their greatest potential and to break the cycle of poverty, disadvantage and marginalisation.

At Youth Off The Streets the belief is that all young people should be given the chance to achieve their best. Through our Scholarship Program support will be given to those young people who show the potential and desire to further their talents, but who without assistance would struggle to move forward.

The Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program gives young people throughout Australia the opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

How does the program work?
Nominations for the Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program are not restricted to a specific study or training path. Nominations are invited from young people with genuine talent, ability and determination in any education or training course, including (but not limited to): academic skills; visual or performing arts; sport; trade skills; and music. The wide-ranging vocational goals pursued by the scholarship recipients will encourage other disadvantaged young people to follow their dreams.

Scholarship funds can be used to pay for educational course fees and also for support costs such as equipment, uniform, textbooks and stationery to ensure that the scholarship recipients have every possible opportunity to reach their goals.

In 2013 over twenty young people from throughout Australia will be provided with scholarships of $5,000 each.

Scholarship nominations are shortlisted internally by Youth Off The Streets before final selection by the Selection Committee. The Youth Off The Streets Selection Committee, comprising of individuals from varying professional backgrounds and expertise, will assess the nominations and select suitable young people to receive scholarships. The Selection Committee will be looking for young people who possess genuine talent or skill and who can demonstrate a clear path to further their talents with support from the Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded to those young people who have a genuine need for financial assistance.

Support network
Along with financial assistance, Youth Off The Streets will match each scholarship recipient with a mentor for the duration of their scholarship, to provide support and guidance to help them to achieve their goals. For recipients not residing in NSW, Youth Off The Streets offers an innovative e-mentoring program, where mentors and mentees are in touch regularly.

Scholarship recipients will develop a Pathway Plan with Youth Off The Streets for the use of their scholarship funds. Scholarship funds will be paid in installments over two years, depending on the individual circumstances of each recipient.

Successful nominees will be notified in June 2013.

Criteria for nomination
  • Nominations for the 2013 Scholarship Program are being taken from all states in Australia
  • Nominees must be between the ages of 16 and 21 on 5 April, 2013
  • Nominees must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • Nominations may be made on behalf of a young person, or by a young person themselves
  • A young person may only be nominated for one scholarship per year
  • The young person nominated must have a clear need for financial assistance
  • Scholarship recipients will be required to identify a Pathway Plan, which clearly shows their goals and how the scholarship money would be used
  • All nominations must include at least one reliable, independent referee letter, confirming the personal circumstances and talent or skill of the young person nominated.
  • Successful nominees must have an external person who is an adult e.g. Parent/guardian, case worker, teacher, youth worker, coach, who regularly consult with the Scholarship Program staff on their progress.
To view the full terms and conditions for your nomination, click here.

How to Nominate
 Making a nomination for the Youth Off The Streets Scholarship Program is easy!
  • Complete the nomination form - printing in capital letters clearly in black or blue pen or complete online
  • Answer questions in as much detail as possible.  The Selection Committee will want to see that there is a clear idea for use of funds, as well as genuine need for assistance
  • Attach your independent written reference (cannot be nominator or any family relation)
  • Ensure that you have read and understood the Nomination and Terms and Conditions
  • You must remember to sign the nomination form or tick the declaration online.  Unsigned or unticked nomination forms will not be considered
    Click here to complete an online nomination form

    Click here to download and print a nomination form and send via:
    Mail:   Scholarship Program
              Youth Off The Streets
              PO Box 6025
              ALEXANDRIA NSW 2015

    or fax: (02) 9693 1599

    For any queries phone: (02) 9330 3500 or