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.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Griffith University Pathways to Medicine Information Evenings

Griffith University invites you to attend one of their Pathways to Medicine Information Evenings. The evenings will include a presentation about your study options and an opportunity to meet Griffith University lecturers and admissions staff.

6-7pm for High school students

Brisbane - South Bank campus
Tuesday 21 May
Venue: Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium, South Bank campus

Gold Coast - Gold Coast campus
Wednesday 22 May
Venue: Lecture Theatre 4.09, Glycomics 1 Building (G26), Gold Coast campus

University of Sunshine Coast

$37.2 million boost for engineering at USC

Engineering is about to take a giant leap forward at the University of the Sunshine Coast following USC’s success in winning a $30 million grant from the Commonwealth Government.

From 2015 civil and mechanical engineering students will immerse themselves in life-size 3D simulated objects in the visualisation theatres; and use high-tech data capture equipment to record demonstrations on the 1.2m thick pressurised concrete reaction floor. Wearing 3D glasses with position sensors that locate the wearer in relation to the object, students could experience the design of a building by walking around its 3D simulation, appreciating it from all angles, among many other exciting uses.
Civil and mechanical engineering are popular study areas at USC
The verdict is in – Law at USC from 2014

From the classroom to the courtroom, USC students will soon be studying towards careers as legal practitioners in private, corporate and government practice.

The ever-growing list of programs on offer at USC is set to rise again in 2014, with the planned introduction of the four-year
Bachelor of Laws* and a range of double degrees.

From Semester 1 2014, the first cohort of law students at USC are planned to be undertaking the exciting new program, which will also be offered in conjunction with
Arts, Business, Commerce (Accounting), Creative Writing, Journalism, Science and Social Science.
What’s all the DRAMA about?

A new study area has joined the spotlight at USC this year, with the introduction of the Drama major.

Budding performance makers, drama teachers and arts workers have flooded in to secure a place in this highly anticipated study area. Studying a broad range of topics, from
dramatic languages and performance skills, to event management and literary studies, the program will produce multi-skilled graduates ready to participate in the performing arts, media or event industries.

The major was developed in consultation with local drama educators, industry, council and community groups.

The Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Business,
Professor Joanne Scott, said it will focus on skill development in performance-making and performance, theatre direction, event management and drama workshop facilitation exploring social issues.

Students can take a dramatic step towards this eight-course major by applying for the
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science. A minor is also available to students from other areas of study, allowing them to study four courses and get a taste for the dramatic arts.

For enquiries about studying Drama at USC, please contact the
Faculty of Arts and Business on 07 5430 1259.
Scholarships to boost athletes off the blocks

On your marks, get set, apply! A new $6,000 sports scholarship was introduced at USC this semester in a bid to help local athletes achieve their sporting dreams while studying.

The scholarship will be awarded annually at a value of $2,000 a year for up to three years and students can be studying any program at USC while performing their sport.

USC is endorsed as an
Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU), with advanced sport and exercise science laboratories which are accredited with the Australian Institute of Sport in their National Sport Science Quality Assurance program (NSSQA).

While applications for Semester 1 2013 have closed, the closing date will be moving earlier in future years, so keep an eye on the scholarships
website for updates.

USC also offers many other scholarships to
commencing and continuing students. In 2013, scholarships were awarded to students from 30 different high schools to the value of nearly $400,000. The application period for most scholarships offered in 2014 is from August until October 2013.

Learn Leadership Skills

CHRYSALIS is a unique opportunity for students to learn leadership skills and network with other likeminded students. The week long summer school combines an exciting academic program with enriching extra-curricular activities and attracts students from Australia and around the world.

The theme of this year’s program, Leadership in the Age of Social Media, will look at how social media has changed the way leaders engage with their communities. Students will have the opportunity to hear from and meet eminent community leaders from Australia and abroad as part of a series of lectures and workshops focussing on the program’s theme.

They will also engage in PierSim, a 3D virtual environment, which expands their communication and leadership skills while highlighting the importance of ethics in decision-making.

Who should attend?

Young people (at least 16 years) entering their final year of secondary school who are interested in examining some of the major issues of our time.

Why should you attend?

International Networking Opportunity
  • Meet Australian and international youth from different backgrounds.
  • Make new friendships across cultures as scholars and peers, as you find common ground and forge new connections.
Develop strategies vital for success in tertiary study and beyond
  • Gain confidence and greater independence as you examine some of the major issues of our time
  • Hone skills in decision-making, problem solving and communication
  • Refine and develop your career goals
  • Experience Australian university life
What's involved?
  • A week-long Summer School combining an exciting academic program during the day with enriching extra-curricular activities in the evenings.
  • Participants will reside at Emmanuel College on the St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland.
  • Each week-day morning, participants will hear from dynamic and eminent key-note speakers in their fields in a series of lectures and workshops held at Emmanuel College.
  • Afternoon sessions will occur at the IES campus in inner-city Brisbane where the group will engage in an on-line leadership simulation conducted within the open sims platform. The experience will involve participants in decision making in a dynamic business environment that will require them to demonstrate leadership skills within a team.
  • Each night there will be a fun and stimulating program of events held at the College and the University. A Closing Dinner and Graduation Ceremony will bring the week to a conclusion.
Cost of Summer School
7 day program: $1200
The Summer School fee of $1200 is inclusive of accommodation at Emmanuel College, all meals, transport to IES and field trip to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, post Summer School activities, extra-curricular cultural, sporting and social activities, pastoral care and supervision.
More information can also be found at ChrysalisYoungLeaders.org. Several bursaries are available for the program for Australian students.

Defence Work Experience Program: HMAS Cairns

As part of the Defence Work Experience Program, HMAS Cairns are offering a work experience placement from 18 - 21 June and there are still a couple of positions available on this placement.

This work experience opportunity would suit students who have a demonstrated interest in a Navy career and can support this as part of their application (selection criteria 1).  HMAS Cairns offers a high quality and interactive work experience program that includes participating in Navy Physical Training sessions, visiting ships, participating in lessons and activities associated with a range of Navy careers, tour of base and unit facilities etc.

If you are considering a Navy career, please consider applying for this placement.  The link below will take you to the DWEP website and the QLD placements - the HMAS Cairns placement is at the top of the first page: Navy Overview Job Ref - WEP/00474/13:

Interested students should apply online through the website above, noting that the process is merit-based and those students who can demonstrate a genuine interest in Navy will be favoured.  Also, students must be 15 years or older to attend.

Note that there will be 3 further work experience opportunities at HMAS Cairns this year - these will progressively go live on the website from June 1 onwards.

Defence Force Recruiting Essay

Defence Force Recruiting Cairns has a number of copies of the book “The Australian Army, a Brief History” (See attached image). This full colour publication contains 96 pages of images and information about the Australian Army and we would like to share this with students who have an interest in either the Australian Army or in the Australian Defence Force on the whole.

Students should describe in 500 words or less what job they would like to do in the Defence Force and outline a day in the life in this role.

Entries are open to all secondary school students in the Defence Force Recruiting Cairns Area regardless of age. Winners will be determined by staff members at Defence Force Recruiting Cairns. In total there are 30 copies of “The Australian Army, a Brief History” to be won.

Entries should include the students Name, Age, and School. The closing date for the competition is 24th June 2013 and Winners will be notified through their respective schools by 22nd July 2013.

Completed entries should be forwarded to;

Schools Essay Competition
Defence Force Recruiting
PO Box 1121
Cairns QLD 4870

Australian Defence Force Work Experience

4 Regiment (Royal Australian Artillery) are offering a work experience placement from 13 - 17 May and there are still positions available.

4 Regt always offer a high quality and interactive work experience program that includes participating in unit Physical Training, weapons familiarisation and testing at the Weapons Training Simulation System, a trip to Townsville Field Training Area at High Range to observe artillery live fire, lessons and activities in navigation, patrolling, map reading, battle simulation, tour of base and unit facilities etc etc.

If you  are considering an Army career, please consider applying for this placement.  The link below will take you to the DWEP website and the QLD placements - the Artillery placement is the first one listed: Artillery Overview Job Ref - WEP/00580/13:

Interested students should apply online, however note that applications close on Friday so please get in soon.

World Education Program Australia

Every year, WEP facilitates secondary exchange programs for motivated students, wishing to learn about cultures different to their own. Their successful program completion often results in a more mature, focused and goal-oriented outlook on life and interest in world affairs.

Experience Life As An Overseas Teenager with WEP!

WEP's not-for-profit student exchange programs give secondary students the opportunity to choose from over 20 countries to live and study for a summer, semester or year. Have the time of your life! Our volunteer host families look forward to inviting you into their community, sharing their culture with you and learning about yours. WEP is also offering scholarships towards semester and year-long student exchange programs to Argentina and China commencing in 2014

Upcoming Information Sessions

Sat, 18 May (10-11:30am) - Cairns

Find Out More!

If you would like to go overseas or invite an exchange student into your family, simply request a FREE information pack, including our brochure, fee sheet and FREE application form:
- visit
- email info@wep.org.au
- call 1300 884 733

CQU Paramedics Course

For Further information please visit: http://www.cqu.edu.au/study/what-can-i-study/health-and-medical-sciences/undergraduate-programs/bachelor-of-paramedic-science-specialisation

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Queensland Uni of Technology - STEM Camp

Year 11 STEM camp applications open

The QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM camp will give students a taste of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines by engaging in a hands-on, intensive exploration of a project in their chosen discipline. Students will work in teams of 3-4 and apply their creativity and investigative skills on topics such as: addressing environmental issues; solving problems in the energy, food and medical sectors; and improving information dissemination and security.

The STEM Camp is an intellectually challenging four day event, run in the mid semester holiday break, June 2013. The camp is fully funded by QUT – there is no cost for students to attend and it is open to both regional students and local South-East Queensland year 11 students.

The camp will give students a taste of all science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and hands-on, intensive exploration of a project in their chosen discipline. It is important to emphasize that activities will be used to link the importance of STEM to career opportunities in those fields.


Regional students (boarding included): Monday 24 – Friday 28 June
South East Queensland students (day passes): Tuesday 25 – Friday 28 June (9.30am – 4.30pm)

Eligibility Requirements:

To be accepted into this program, students must meet the following requirements:
- Current Queensland Year 11 student
- Studying a Science (Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental or Biology), Mathematics, Engineering Technology, Computer Science
- All Year 11 students must be 15 as of June 1, 2013
- All Year 11 students to obtain parental/guardian permission.

How to apply:

Applicants must complete the application form (downloaded from the website).
And include the following supporting documents:
- Copy of the student’s high school Term 4, Year 10 and Term1, Year 11 report to date
- 300 word statement of purpose (describing the student's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
- One letter of recommendation from the student's science or maths teacher/guidance officer or principal
Applicants will receive a confirmation email to confirm that the application has been received.


Girls in Trades Videos now online

The NSW Department of Education & Communities in partnership with Women NSW & SkillsOne have developed new classroom resources to assist high school girls into non-traditional trades.
Non-traditional trades are those where women represent less than 25% of apprentices or workers.
The advantages of a career in the trades can include independence, earning a generous income, flexible working arrangements and enhanced career opportunities.

SkillsOne did filming with some great Girls in Trades who follow their dream career in a non-traditional trade.

Check out  Women in Trades Channel on SkillsOne to watch the new videos!
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.

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.

Central Queensland University

For 2013 the following new programs will be available:

Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts*
Bachelor of Medical Sonography and Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography
Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Podiatry
Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Graduate Certifi cate in e-Learning
Graduate Certifi cate in Fatigue Risk Management
Graduate Certifi cate in Indigenous Studies
Graduate Diploma of e-Learning
Graduate Diploma and Master of Indigenous Studies
Graduate Diploma and Master of Rail Safety Management

For more information please visit www.cqu.edu.au/degrees.

Below is a lit of some of the most popular topics that you’ll find in the CQU undergraduate guide below, along with the link to their respective web pages where you will find full information:

Access programs www.cqu.edu.au/access
Accommodation on-campus www.cqu.edu.au/accommodation
Career information www.cqu.edu.au/careers
How to apply www.cqu.edu.au/apply
Offi ce of Indigenous Engagement www.cqu.edu.au/nullooyumbah
SUN program (Year 11 and 12 students) www.cqu.edu.au/sun

The University of Queensland

Robotics Workshop for Teachers - 7 May
The Robotics Workshop for Teachers has been designed to offer in-service robotics training for teachers who are keen to support their students to actively participate in the area of robotics. The workshop combines the Introduction to Robotics and Artificial Intelligence workshops and covers topics such as programming robots using modifiers, events, containers, task split, infinite and finite loops.
Limited places available. Register now!

When: 7 May, 2013
Time: 9am - 12pm
Where: UQ St Lucia campus
Cost: $75 per teacher (+GST), morning tea provided
For information, contact:
Gail Smith
(07) 3365 3853

Register now for FEAST 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.

Online registrations open March 18, 2013 at
For information, contact:
For information, contact: Karli Kollegger
(07) 5460 1279
2013 Young ICT Explorers Competion - Registrations Open!
Young ICT Explorers is a Queensland competition for school students in Years 4 - 12 which is an opportunity for students to produce and display their best Information and Communication Technology related projects, with the chance to win great prizes and acclaim from their peers as well as academic and industry leaders in the field. Teams can have up to four students and projects can be anything from mobile applications, computer games and websites to robotics, short films or animation. The best teams will be invited to a judging event to be held at UQ St Lucia on August 10.

Watch a short video about the 2012 Young ICT Explorers competition here:
For information, contact:
Travis Joy (SAP)
(02) 9935 4451
National Youth Science Forum
The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is the only program in Australia that offers current Year 11 students the chance to test-drive a wide range of universities and careers in the sciences. In addition to sessions in Canberra and Perth, an NYSF session at UQ's Gatton Campus will also be offered for the first time in January 2014. Applications for the 2014 Forum will close at the end of May 2013.
For information, contact:
NYSF National Office
(02) 6125 2777
For information, visit: http://www.nysf.edu.au/applying/info
Bachelor of Education - 2016
The following pre-requisite changes will affect the Bachelor of Education, commencing semester 1, 2016.

The Bachelor of Education (Primary) and the Bachelor of Education (Middle Years of Schooling) are required to include four semesters with Sound Achievement in:
• English
• One of Maths A, Maths B or Maths C
• One of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Agricultural Science, Marine Science, Earth
  Science or Science 21

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) dual programs are required to include four semesters with Sound Achievement in:
• English
• One of Maths A, Maths B or Maths C
For information, contact:
School of Education
(07) 3365 6550

University of Melbourne

Deferral Policy Reminder
This year The University of Melbourne have received a number of enquiries about the application and approval process for undergraduate deferral. Please be aware that  that requests for deferral are not granted automatically. For each intake the availability for deferral and criteria used for assessing applications for deferral varies between each undergraduate degree at the discretion of the Faculty.
Prospective and current students wishing to further discuss deferral are recommended to contact the relevant Faculty Student Centre that teaches their undergraduate course via 13 MELB (13 6352).

What is the LSAT?

 Why does Melbourne Law School use it? What does it test and can you prepare for it?

The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardised test designed by an independent body, the Law School Admission Council. It is required for admission by more than 200 law schools around the world. Melbourne Law School is the only Australia law school that uses the LSAT.

It is designed to measure aptitude for the study of law; no prior knowledge of law is required or advantageous.

Selection into the Melbourne JD is based on three selection criteria:
1.  Academic results from all previous tertiary studies
2.  LSAT score and essay
3.  A personal statement (up to 850 words).

Benefits of using the LSAT as a selection criterion:
·      Predictor of academic success in the study of law
·      Global benchmark for diverse field of applicants from different countries and with different education and work backgrounds
·      Fairer admission process; Evidence of current level of academic skills
·      Useful preparation for return to study.

The LSAT comprises five multiple choice sections and a writing section. The writing section is administered at the end of the test and is not scored by LSAC. Copies of the writing sample are sent to all law schools to which a test taker applies.

It is highly recommended that students prepare for the LSAT. Many bookshops stock LSAT preparation books or they can be ordered online. Melbourne Law School also runs “How to prepare for the LSAT” events. All applicants for the Melbourne JD must register for the LSAT prior to applying.